“Intimacies of complicity and critique”: Race, Gender and Sexuality in Victoria Cross’s Imperial Fiction

In: Imperial Middlebrow
Author:
Cornelia Wächter
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Abstract

This chapter is concerned with the entanglements of narrative critique of and complicity with racism and sexism in two imperial middlebrow novels by the Anglo-Indian author Victoria Cross (Annie Sophie Cory): Anna Lombard (1901) and Life of My Heart (1915). The author specifically considers the role of Hellenism in Cross’s narrative defamiliarisation with the dominant racial and gendered ideologies of her time.

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