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Being Cut Off from All One’s Kind: Samuel Butler, New Zealand, and Colonial Identity

Matthews, Jodie (2012) Being Cut Off from All One’s Kind: Samuel Butler, New Zealand, and Colonial Identity. In: Islands and Britishness: A Global Perspective. Cambridge Scholars Publishing , Newcastle on Tyne, pp. 245-260. ISBN 9781443835169

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    Abstract

    In the autobiographical A First Year in a Canterbury Settlement (1863)
    and in his utopian/dystopian novel, Erewhon (1872), both Samuel Butler
    and the undesignated narrator depart the British metropole and embark on
    risky sea voyages in order to make a name for themselves on a group of
    islands almost as far away as it is possible to get.1 The world of Erewhon
    is usually read as a satire on British Victorian society, but this chapter
    proposes that it can also be seen as replaying Butler’s arrival in New
    Zealand and the destabilising effects of colonialism on the colonising
    subject. A work of fiction and an ostensibly autobiographical text are thus
    read together to reveal, first, the way that anticipated readership frames
    that which can be spoken about colonial voyages; second, the traumatic
    effects of long sea passages; and, third, the ways in which the effects of
    distance between colony and metropole affect communication and
    subjectivity.

    Item Type: Book Chapter
    Additional Information: Published with the permission of Cambridge Scholars Publishing
    Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature
    Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
    School of Human and Health Sciences > The Academy for the Study of Britishness
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    Depositing User: Jodie Matthews
    Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2012 12:25
    Last Modified: 08 May 2012 09:56
    URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/12888

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