Journals Higher Education



Published: 13 July 2021

368 Pages | 20 Illustrations

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780192895752

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Literature in a Time of Migration

British Fiction and the Movement of People, 1815–1876

Josephine McDonagh

  • Presents a significant new interpretation of the history of the novel in the nineteenth century and views the novel as part of a culture of migration
  • Analyzes a broad range of novels and fictional texts, from Walter Scott to George Eliot, alongside non-literary texts associated with migration, including newspapers, emigration pamphlets, parliamentary debates, theories of colonization, and personal correspondence
  • Considers the imperial arena as a geo-cultural condition of chronic mobility and unsettlement, constituted by an unprecedented internal (domestic) and external (transnational) displacement of people, as well as globalizing new technologies of transport, communication, and finance
  • Develops a methodology that integrates formal analysis of texts with detailed research of the history of migration and colonization
  • Written in a lively and engaging style, including vivid anecdotes from historical examples