This chapter revisits John M. MacKenzie’s scholarship from the perspective of a literary critic in order to assess his contribution to the study of popular imperial literature. It addresses MacKenzie’s research on adventure fiction and the representation of the natural world; his studies of heroic biography and the construction of imperial reputations; and his work on the geographical imaginations of British guidebooks and the Protestant missionary record. The chapter also sketches possibilities for future research emerging from a closer convergence of imperial history and literary studies. It argues that there is scope to extend the ‘four nations’ approach and comparative perspectives on European empires to the study of imperial literary production, and to investigate the ways in which some neglected late-imperial forms responded to decolonisation.
|Title of host publication||The MacKenzie Moment and Imperial History|
|Subtitle of host publication||Essays in Honour of John M. MacKenzie|
|Editors||Stephanie Barczewski, Martin Farr|
|Place of Publication||Basingstoke|
|Number of pages||22|
|Publication status||Published - 20 Nov 2019|
|Name||Britain and the World|
- imperial history
- adventure fiction
- travel guides
- four nations
Livingstone, J. (2019). Popular Imperialism and the Textual Cultures of Empire. In S. Barczewski, & M. Farr (Eds.), The MacKenzie Moment and Imperial History : Essays in Honour of John M. MacKenzie (pp. 75-96). (Britain and the World). Palgrave Macmillan.