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New Developments in Postcolonial Studies

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Edited By Malgorzata Martynuska and Elzbieta Rokosz-Piejko

This book analyses the applicability of postcolonial theories and contemporary issues, and also revisits previously tackled cultural, social and literary phenomena. The contributions examine contemporary social, economic and cultural processes. The authors look back at older cultural texts, coming from either former colonies or former colonisers. They furthermore refer to the fact that theories of postcolonialism are currently more frequently applied to study countries originally not classified as colonial. They attempt to define and explain the experiences of the native peoples of colonial territories in various historical situations of dependence.

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The Image of the Other in The Tireless Traveler: Twenty Letters to the Liverpool Mercury – A Supplement to Postcolonial Reading of Anthony Trollope’s Travel Works (Barbara Ludwiczak)

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Barbara Ludwiczak

The Image of the Other in The Tireless Traveler: Twenty Letters to the Liverpool Mercury – A Supplement to Postcolonial Reading of Anthony Trollope’s Travel Works

Abstract: The article analyses the image of the Other featured in twelve letters written during Anthony Trollope’s eight-month journey around the world in 1875. The aim of the work is to prove that author’s attitude towards colonialism evolved. The letters are presented as author’s first and only attempt to understand the aboriginal inhabitants.

Key words: the Other, travelogue, British colonies, aboriginal peoples, colonialism.

Introduction

The article is devoted to the issue of postcolonial reading of Anthony Trollope’s travel books. Anthony Trollope is best known as a novelist, the author of the Barchester Chronicles and the Palliser series, yet in recent years his travel works have gained interest, mainly because of their postcolonial interpretation. This approach is used to present the way colonial messages are presented in travelogues as well as to analyse the influence of Trollope’s travel works on Victorian society.

Of all Trollope’s travelogues, The Tireless Traveler: Twenty Letters to the Liverpool Mercury remains relatively unknown. It is not as controversial as The West and the Spanish Main or South Africa. It is not as popular as Trollope’s first work on the Antipodes–Australia and New Zealand.

The Tireless Traveler consists of twenty letters, written by Trollope for the Liverpool Daily and Weekly Mercury,...

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