Natural Disasters and Victorian Empire

Natural Disasters and Victorian Empire

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How did the Victorians think about disasters such as famines and epidemic diseases? What was the relationship between such cataclysmic events and literary forms, styles and genres? In what way was thinking about disasters also crucial to practices of governance? Does the legacy of such Victorian thinking still shape our contemporary responses to 'natural' disasters? This book seeks to answer such questions by looking at a wide range of administrative, medical, historical, journalistic and literary texts written about Britain's key imperial possession in the 19th-century a€“ south Asia. In doing so, it expands our ideas about Victorian literature, just as it reshapes our definitions of 'natural' disasters themselves.letters, travelogues, essays a€“ have earned him a reputation of a gungho imperialist. ... in India, modernity and thefuture of empireitself were articulated through this discourse of disaster and disaster management. In particular, I focus ontherepresentation of that iconic epidemic disease, cholera, in Kiplinga#39;s early Indian shortstories, letters andjournalism. ... Important monographs and edited collections by Kucich and Sadoff (2000), Kaplan (2007), Jenkinsand John (2000) as well asanbsp;...

Title:Natural Disasters and Victorian Empire
Author:Upamanyu Pablo Mukherjee
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan - 2013-09-27


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