Victorian Writing about Risk
Imagining a Safe England in a Dangerous World
By (author) Elaine Freedgood
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Victorian Writing about Risk by Elaine Freedgood
Book DescriptionIn Victorian Writing about Risk, first published in 2000, Elaine Freedgood explores the geography of risk produced by a wide spectrum of once-popular literature, including works on political economy, sanitary reform, balloon flight, Alpine mountaineering and African exploration. The consolations offered by this geography of risk are precariously predicated on the stability of dominant Victorian definitions of people and places. Women, men, the labouring and middle classes, the English and the Irish, Africa and Africans: all have assigned identities which allow risk to be located and contained. When identities shift and boundaries fail, danger and safety begin to appear in all the wrong places. The texts that this study focuses on reveal the ways in which risk moralizes and naturalizes the economic and political institutions of industrial, imperial culture during a period of unprecedented expansion and change.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521028721
(228mm x 152mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 2-Nov-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Elaine Freedgood
Ideas in Things, Paperback (October 2010)
Explores apparently inconsequential objects in popular Victorian texts to make contact with their fugitive meanings. Developing an innovative approach to analyzing nineteenth-century fiction, this title reconnects the things readers unwittingly ignore to the stories they tell.
Factory Production in Nineteenth-century Britain, Paperback (December 2002)
This volume brings together writings on industrialization to demonstrate the scope of responses - from wondrous celebration to apocalyptic horror - elicited by the advent and establishment of the factory system in 19th-century Britain.
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This book, first published in 2000, explores the geography of risk produced by a wide spectrum of once-popular literature.
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