Imperial Middlebrow


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The collection Imperial Middlebrow, edited by Christoph Ehland and Jana Gohrisch, takes middlebrow studies further in two ways. First, it focuses on the role middlebrow writing played in the popularisation and dissemination of imperial ideology. It combines the interest in the wider function of literature for a colonial society with close scrutiny of the ideological and socio-economic contexts of writers and readers. The essays cover the Girl’s Own Paper, fiction about colonial India including its appearance in Scottish writing, the West Indies, the South Pacific, as well as illustrations of Haggard’s South African imperial romances. Second, the volume proposes using the concept of the middlebrow as an analytical tool to read recent Black and Asian British as well as Nigerian fiction.

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Christoph Ehland is Professor of English Literature and Cultural Studies at the University of Paderborn (Germany). He has published on Scottish writing, writer’s biographies and cultural conceptions of space and mobility from the early modern period to the present.He is co-editor of Middlebrow and Gender: 1890-1945 (Brill, 2016).

Jana Gohrisch is Professor of English and Postcolonial Literatures at Leibniz University Hannover (Germany). She has published two monographs, one on Black British literature and one on 19th-century British emotion cultures, and co-edited collections, including Postcolonial Studies Across the Disciplines (Brill, 2013).
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Introduction: Cross-colonial Encounters and Expressions of Power in Middlebrow Literature and Culture, 1890–1940 and the Present
  Christoph Ehland and Jana Gohrisch

A Girl’s Own Empire? Imperialism and the Girl’s Own Paper, 1880 to 1903
  Jochen Petzold

Picturing Africa: Illustration in the Allan Quatermain Adventure Fictions of H. Rider Haggard
  Kate Holterhoff

“Cramful of snakes and ghosts”: B.M. Croker’s Anglo-Indian Ghost Stories
  Christoph Singer

“An artificial little community which has climbed eight thousand feet out of the world to be cool”: Sara Jeanette Duncan, Simla, and Middlebrow Aesthetics
  Samuel Caddick

Imagining the British West Indies in Middlebrow Fiction
  Jana Gohrisch

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

Cross-colonial Encounters and Cultural Contestation in Somerset Maugham’s “Rain”
  Victoria Kuttainen

Revising the Romance: Depictions of Biracial Women and Mixed Marriage in Anglo-Indian Popular Fiction
  Melissa Edmundson

“A small seasoning of curry-powder” in A.J. Cronin’s Hatter’s Castle
  Robert Wirth

Sidelining Racism and Discrimination – Recent British Black and Asian Fiction
  Gesa Stedman

Middlebrow 2.0: The Digital Affect and the New Nigerian Novel
  Hannah Pardey


Scholars in middlebrow and (post)colonial studies, those concerned with gender-sensitive and race-sensitive approaches in literary and cultural studies as well as historians of Britain’s colonial past and global postcolonial present.
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