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Changing the Victorian Subject

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Changing the Victorian Subject

edited and Introduction by Maggie Tonkin, Mandy Treagus, Madeleine Seys and Sharon Crozier-De Rosa

$44.00 | 2014 | Paperback | 978-1-922064-73-8 | 292 pp

FREE | 2014 | Ebook (PDF) | 
978-1-922064-74-5 | 292 pp

The essays in this collection examine how both colonial and British authors engage with Victorian subjects and subjectivities in their work. Some essays explore the emergence of a key trope within colonial texts: the negotiation of Victorian and settler-subject positions. Others argue for new readings of key metropolitan texts and their repositioning within literary history. These essays work to recognise the plurality of the rubric of the 'Victorian' and to expand how the category of Victorian studies can be understood.


1.  Re-visiting the Victorian subject   Maggie Tonkin, Mandy Treagus, Madeleine Seys and Sharon Crozier-De Rosa

2.  Queen Victoria’s Aboriginal subjects: a late colonial Australian case study   Amanda Nettelbeck

3.  Identifying with the frontier: Federation New Woman, Nation and Empire   Sharon Crozier-De Rosa

4.  A ‘Tigress' in the Paradise of Dissent: Kooroona critiques the foundational colonial story   Margaret Allen

5.  The making of Barbara Baynton   Rosemary Moore

6.  A literary fortune   Megan Brown

7.  Olive Schreiner's From Man to Man and ‘the copy within’   Dorothy Driver

8.  Guy Boothby’s 'Bid for Fortune': constructing an Anglo-Australian colonial identity for the fin-de-siècle London literary marketplace   Ailise Bulfin

9.  The scenery and dresses of her dreams: reading and reflecting (on) the Victorian heroine in M.E. Braddon’s The Doctor’s Wife   Madeleine Seys

10.  The woman artist and narrative ends in late-Victorian writing   Mandy Treagus

11.  Miss Wade’s torment: the perverse construction of same-sex desire in Little Dorrit   Shale Preston

12.  'All the world is blind': unveiling same-sex desire in the poetry of Amy Levy   Carolyn Lake

13.  From Peter Panic to proto-Modernism: the case of J.M. Barrie   Maggie Tonkin
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