Nineteenth-Century Settler Emigration in British Literature and Art

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Nineteenth-Century Settler Emigration in British Literature and Art is the first book to undertake a comprehensive survey of the literature produced by nineteenth-century settler emigration. Arguing that the demographic shift to settler colonies in Canada, Australia, New Zealand was supported and underpinned by a vast outpouring of text, this monograph brings printed emigrants’ letters, manuscript shipboard newspapers and settler fiction into conversation with the works of Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, Catherine Helen Spence and Ford Madox Brown, amongst others. The monograph demonstrates how the textual cultures of settler emigration pervaded the nineteenth-century cultural imagination and provided authors and artists with a means of interrogating representations of space and place, home-making and colonial encounters.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages256
ISBN (Electronic)9781474433716, 9781474433723
ISBN (Print)9781474433693, 9781474433709
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2018

Publication series

NameEdinburgh Critical Studies in Victorian Culture
PublisherEdinburgh University Press


  • settler emigration
  • colonialism
  • materiality
  • textuality


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