oa Alternation - Imagining Empire's Margins: Land in Rider Haggard's African Romances

Volume 5, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



To understand how a culture imagines its world both 'home' and 'away' one looks to its literature. In late nineteenth century England, at the height of Empire, with a third of the world's lands under its domination, literature was for most Europeans the only way to visualise the heat and dust of India, the snows and icebergs of Canada, the game-filled plains of Africa; in other words, Empire's margins. Together with other post -colonial theorists, Edward Said has commented on the interconnectedness of nineteenth century British culture and the policies of imperialism, and since the novel was the dominant literary form of the time, it became central to an understanding of both.

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