In this groundbreaking collection, scholars explore Victorian xenophobia as a rhetorical strategy that transforms “foreign” people, bodies, and objects into perceived invaders with the dangerous power to alter the social fabric of the nation and the identity of the English. Essays in the collected edition look across the cultural landscape of the nineteenth century to trace the myriad tensions that gave rise to fear and loathing of immigrants, aliens, and ethnic/racial/religious others. This volume introduces new ways of reading the fear and loathing of all that was foreign in nineteenth-century British culture, and, in doing so, it captures nuances that often fall beyond the scope of current theoretical models. “Xenophobia” not only offers a distinctive theoretical lens through which to read the nineteenth century; it also advances and enriches our understanding of other critical approaches to the study of difference. Bringing together scholarship from art history, history, literary studies, cultural studies, women’s studies, Jewish studies, and postcolonial studies, Fear, Loathing, and Victorian Xenophobia seeks to open a rich and provocative dialogue on the global dimensions of xenophobia during the nineteenth century.
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Marlene Tromp is professor of English and women and gender studies, and Dean of the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University. Maria K. Bachman is professor and chair in the Department of English at Coastal Carolina University. Heidi Kaufman is assistant professor of English at the University of Oregon.Review:
“Fear, Loathing, and Victorian Xenophobia makes a significant contribution to the field of nineteenth-century studies by extending the critical lens beyond the imperialist mission to a more widespread and psychological condition.” —Natalie McKnight, professor and chair of humanities, Boston University
“Fear, Loathing, and Victorian Xenophobia makes a significant contribution to nineteenth-century literary and cultural studies by highlighting how various and overlapping modes of difference—class, race, cultural, ethnic, national—elicited a host of xenophobic responses that marked Britain’s long nineteenth century. In so doing, the volume adds a much-needed thickness to discussions of xenophobia.” —Sukanya Banerjee, associate professor of English, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
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