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dc.contributor.advisor Psomiades, Kathy A en_US
dc.contributor.author Steer, Philip en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-03-08T20:01:06Z
dc.date.available 2011-09-01T04:30:12Z
dc.date.issued 2009 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10161/3207
dc.description Dissertation en_US
dc.description.abstract <p>This dissertation argues that the literary, intellectual, and cultural borders of Victorian Britain extended as far as Australia and New Zealand, and that the tradition of nation-based literary criticism inherited from the Victorians has blinded Victorian Studies to that possibility. Building upon the nineteenth century concept of "Greater Britain," a term invoking the expansion of the British nation through settler colonization, I demonstrate that literary forms did not simply diffuse from the core to the periphery of the empire, but instead were able to circulate within the space of Greater Britain. That process of circulation shaped Victorian literature and culture, as local colonial circumstances led writers to modify literary forms and knowledge formations; those modifications were then able to be further disseminated through the empire by way of the networks that constituted Greater Britain.</p><p>My argument focuses on the novel, because its formal allegiance to the imagined national community made it a valuable testing ground for the multi-centered nation that was being formed by settlement. I specifically locate the Victorian novel in the context of Britain's relations with the colonies of Australia and New Zealand, which were unique in that their transition from initial settlement to independent nations occurred almost entirely during the Victorian period. The chapters of <italic>Unsettled Nation</italic> focus on realism, romance and political economy's interest in settlement; the bildungsroman and theories of discipline developed in the penal colonies; the theorization of imperial spatiality in utopian and invasion fiction; and the legacy of the Waverley novel in the portrayal of colonization in temporal terms. Each chapter presents a specific example of how knowledge formations and literary forms were modified as a result of their circulation through the archipelagic nation space of Greater Britain.</p><p>Working at the intersection between Victorian Studies and Australian and New Zealand literary criticism, I seek to recover and reconsider the geographical mobility of nineteenth century Britons and their literature. Thus, more than merely trying to cast light on a dimension of imperialism largely ignored by critics of Victorian literature, I use the specific example of Australasia to make the broader claim that the very idea of Victorian Britain can and must be profitably expanded to include its settler colonies.</p> en_US
dc.subject Modern Literature en_US
dc.subject Literature of Oceania en_US
dc.subject Australian literature en_US
dc.subject Genre en_US
dc.subject Greater Britain en_US
dc.subject New Zealand literature en_US
dc.subject Settler colonization en_US
dc.subject Victorian literature en_US
dc.title Unsettled Nation: Britain, Australasia, and the Victorian Cultural Archipelago en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.department English en_US
duke.embargo.months 24 en_US

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