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Victorian writing about risk : imagining a safe England in a dangerous world

Author: Elaine Freedgood
Publisher: Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2000.
Series: Cambridge studies in nineteenth-century literature and culture, 28.
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"In Victorian Writing about Risk, Elaine Freedgood explores the geography of risk produced by a wide spectrum of once-popular literature, including works on politic economy, sanitary reform, balloon flight, Alpine mountaineering and African exploration. The consolations offered by this geography of risk are precariously predicated on the stability of dominant Victorian definitions of people and places. Women, men,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Elaine Freedgood
ISBN: 0521781086 9780521781084
OCLC Number: 43287137
Description: xii, 216 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: the practice of paradise --
1. Banishing panic: J. R. McCulloch, Harriet Martineau and the popularization of political economy --
2. The rhetoric of visible hands: Edwin Chadwick, Florence Nightingale and the popularization of sanitary reform --
3. Groundless optimism: regression in the service of the ego, England and empire in Victorian ballooning memoirs --
4. The uses of pain: cultural masochism and the colonization of the future in Victorian mountaineering memoirs --
5. A field for enterprise: the memoirs of David Livingstone and Mary Kingsley.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in nineteenth-century literature and culture, 28.
Responsibility: Elaine Freedgood.
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"...an enjoyable and well-written book." Victorian Studies "Freedgood's work is most compelling..." Albion

 
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