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Rereading the Imperial Romance
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Rereading the Imperial Romance: British Imperialism and South African Resistance in Haggard, Schreiner, and Plaatje

Laura Chrisman


This book examines literary romance as a vehicle for the ideological contradictions of British imperialism in South Africa. It draws upon postcolonial theory and cultural materialism to discuss the imperialist Henry Rider Haggard's fictional accounts of mining in King Solomon's Mines, and Zulu history in Nada the Lily, examining these novels as fraught responses to the introduction of capitalist modernity. It goes on to analyse the counter-narratives of metropolitan and African resistance of feminist Olive Schreiner and black nationalist Sol Plaatje. The book shows how Schreiner's is a much mo ... More

Keywords: romance, British imperialism, South Africa, cultural materialism, Henry Rider Haggard, Olive Schreiner, Sol Plaatje, ANC, black nationalism, sexual politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198122999
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198122999.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laura Chrisman, author
University of Sussex