The Savage in Literature: Representations of 'primitive' society in English fiction 1858-1920, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The Savage in Literature

Representations of 'primitive' society in English fiction 1858-1920, 1st Edition

By Brian V. Street


218 pages

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First published in 1975, this study is concerned with the representation of non-European people in English popular fiction in the period from 1858-1920. It examines the developments in thinking about people across the world and shows how they affected writers’ views of evolution, race, heredity and of the life of the so-called ‘primitive’ man.

This book will be of interest to those studying 19th century literature.

Table of Contents

Preface and acknowledgements; 1. Literary themes and anthropological writings 2. The English abroad 3. Evolution and race in popular literature: classification, scientific and fictitious 4. Evolution and race in popular literature: hierarchy and racial theory 5. Hereditary and environment 6. ‘Primitive’ politics in popular literature 7. ‘Primitive’ religion in popular literature; Notes; Bibliography; Index

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: The Nineteenth-Century Novel

This set of 42 volumes, originally published between 1965 and 2009, are authored by renowned international scholars in the field of nineteenth century literature. They explore a variety of authors such as Dickens, Hardy, Brontë, Austen, Gaskell, Zola, Meredith, Eliot, Gissing, Hawthorne, James and Wharton. The titles also examine a wide range of themes including gender, class, religion, politics, philosophy and music.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 19th Century