Representations of Empire in the Works of the Professional Adventurer, 1880-1914
Supervisor: Dr Geoffrey Cubitt
My thesis is an examination of the ways in which professional adventurers in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century represented both themselves and the people and landscapes of the peripheries of the British Empire through their published accounts. I am primarily interested in how texts, both personal accounts and literature, contributed to how the British Empire was envisioned and understood by British audiences.
My research interests include: 19th century imperialism, adventure, exploration, journalism, war correspondents, representations of empire in the press and literature, masculinity, imperial warfare, boy’s literature, landscape aesthetics, self-representation; Regions of interest include: Egypt and the Sudan, colonial India, the tropical world, China.