‘The Truest Native of South Africa’: Representing the ‘Bushman’ in Anglophone Nineteenth-Century Literature

The Victorianist: BAVS Postgraduates

Lara Atkin is a fifth year part-time PhD student at Queen Mary, University of London. Her thesis examines representations of South African ‘Bushmen’ in nineteenth-century literature and popular culture. She’s reviewed on popular science and exhibition culture for the Journal of Victorian Culture and has written on ‘human zoos’ for Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies. Lara tweets sporadically @LaraAtkin and can be found on academia.edu.

‘The Truest Native of South Africa’[1]: Representing the ‘Bushman’ in Anglophone Nineteenth Century Literature

Britain’s involvement in South Africa spanned the entire nineteenth century, from its first occupation of the Cape Colony in 1795 to the advent of the Union of South Africa on May 31 1910. During this whole period, British literary culture was awash with representations of South Africa and its indigenous peoples. Yet in the British academy, the dominant view is that Anglophone literary depictions of…

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