Worlding the south

Nineteenth-century literary culture and the southern settler colonies

Edited by Sarah Comyn and Porscha Fermanis

Worlding the south

Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-5288-6
  • Pages: 448
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £30.00
  • Published Date: July 2021
  • BIC Category: Literature, LITERARY CRITICISM / Books & Reading, LITERARY CRITICISM / General, LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 19th Century, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: post-colonial literature, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900
  • Series: Interventions: Rethinking the Nineteenth Century


This collection brings together for the first time literary studies of British colonies in nineteenth-century Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, South America, Southeast Asia, and the South Pacific Islands. Drawing on hemispheric studies, Indigenous studies, and southern theory to decentre British and other European metropoles, the collection offers a groundbreaking challenge to national paradigms and traditional literary periodisations and canons by prioritising southern cultural networks in multiple regional centres from Cape Town to Dunedin. Worlding the south examines the dialectics of literary worldedness in ways that recognise inequalities of power, textual and material violence, and literary and cultural resistance. The collection revises current literary histories of the 'British world' by arguing for the distinctiveness of settler colonialism in the southern hemisphere, and by incorporating Indigenous, diasporic, and south-south perspectives.


Introduction: southern worlds, globes, and spheres - Sarah Comyn and Porscha Fermanis

I World/Globe
1 Making, mapping, and unmaking worlds: globes, panoramas, fictions, and oceans - Peter Otto
2 Southern doubles: antipodean life as a comparative exercise - Sarah Comyn
3 Lag fever, flash men, and late fashionable worlds - Clara Tuite
4 Spatial synchronicities: settler emigration, the voyage out, and shipboard literary production - Fariha Shaikh
5 Augustus Earle's pedestrian tour in New Zealand: or, get off the beach - Ingrid Horrocks
6 Australia to Paraguay: race, class, and poetry in a South American colony - Jason Rudy, Aaron Bartlett, Lindsey O'Neil, and Justin Thompson

II Acculturation/Transculturation
7 'The renowned Crusoe in the native costume of our adopted country': reading Robinson Crusoe in colonial New Zealand - Jane Stafford
8 The transnational kangaroo hunt - Ken Gelder and Rachael Weaver
9 'Then came the high unpromising forests, and miles of loneliness': Louisa Atkinson's recasting of the Australian landscape - Grace Moore
10 Mapping the way forward: Thomas Baines on expedition to the coronation of Cetshwayo kaMpande, Zululand, 1873 - Lindy Stiebel
11 'Wild, desert and lawless countries': William Burchell's Travels in the Interior of Southern Africa - Matthew Shum
12 Short stories of the southern seas: the island as collective in the works of Louis Becke - Jennifer Fuller

III Indigenous/Diasporic
13 'That's white fellow's talk you know, missis': wordlists, songs, and knowledge production on the colonial Australian frontier - Anna Johnston
14 Kiro's thoughts about England: an unexpected text in an unexpected place - Michelle Elleray
15 Mokena and Macaulay: cultural geographies of poetry in colonial Aotearoa - Nikki Hessell
16 Vigilance: petitions, politics, and the African Christian converts of the nineteenth century - Hlonipha Mokoena
17 Reading indigeneity in nineteenth-century British Guiana - Manu Samriti Chander
18 'Some Genuine Chinese Authors': literary appreciation, comparatism, and universalism in the Straits Chinese Magazine - Porscha Fermanis

The south in the world - Elleke Boehmer



Sarah Comyn is an Assistant Professor and Ad Astra Fellow at University College Dublin

Porscha Fermanis is Professor of Romantic Literature at University College Dublin

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