Journals Higher Education



Published: 17 January 2017

320 Pages

8.5 x 5.3 inches

ISBN: 9780198792451

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Forms of Empire

The Poetics of Victorian Sovereignty

Nathan K. Hensley

  • A sharply-written and provocative analysis of the role of violence in liberal modernity
  • Offers new readings of canonical nineteenth-century writers including George Eliot, Wilkie Collins, Charles Dickens, Algernon Charles Swinburne, Robert Louis Stevenson, H. Rider Haggard, and Henry James
  • Draws on archival material from India, England, Canada, and the US to make a case for "literary thinking" as distinct conceptual mode
  • Reconsiders debates about the role of critique, the value of the humanities, and the nature of reading in light of political violence
  • Positions Victorian thought as resource for understanding current dilemmas of liberal empire and global governance
  • Will appeal to scholars in literary studies, media studies, intellectual history, political theory, philosophy, art history, and cultural theory