BAVS Conference 2018: Global Patterns and Victorian Crossings

The Victorianist: BAVS Postgraduates

Rena Jackson is an early career researcher and sessional lecturer at the University of Salford, UK. She recently completed her doctoral studies at the University of Manchester, with a thesis entitled ‘Metropolitan Dissent in Thomas Hardy’s Fiction: Class, Gender, Empire.’ Her research focuses on the entanglement of Hardy’s Wessex with overseas imperial spaces, arguing for multiple and deeply uneven forms of contact with the empire. Rena tweets @DrRenaJackson

One of the aims of twentieth-century postcolonial and imperial enquiry was to establish the depth and extent of imperial knowledge, support and participation within Victorian Britain. The historian John M. MacKenzie has demonstrated that knowledge of the empire was pervasive and influential within British culture and society. Foundational contributions to the field of postcolonial criticism, most memorably by Edward Said and Simon Gikandi, focus on both explicit and coded representations of empire within Victorian writing in order to outline contours of national…

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