British Colonial Realism in Africa: Inalienable Objects, by Deborah Shapple Spillman

By Deborah Shapple Spillman

What function do gadgets play in realist narratives as they circulate among societies and their assorted structures of worth as commodities, as charms, as presents, as trophies, or as curses? This e-book explores how the fight to symbolize gadgets in British colonial realism corresponded with old struggles over the fabric global and its value.

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43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. British Colonial Realism in Africa of decentering approaches” after Said, I would maintain that accounting for European as well as African perspectives in the colonial contexts I consider is nevertheless central to understanding the formal and historical complexities of realist narrative beyond the metropole. See James Buzard, Disorienting Fiction: The Autoethnographic Work of Nineteenth-Century British Novels (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2005), 18. Georg Lukács, History and Class Consciousness, trans.

32 Pitt Rivers’s brickmaker or layer, in turn, may be the mirror image of the ethnographer himself, compelled by a seemingly independent utilitarian natural order. Like the ostensible brickmaker of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, the nineteenth-century ethnographer attempted to construct his authority by rendering the illegible legible in structured, written reports while operating within a prescribed system governed by the taboo of disorder. 38 British Colonial Realism in Africa Guides to anthropological observation and record written in an attempt to subdue such disorder emerged in greater number throughout the nineteenth century in response to the expanding field of authorship in the production of knowledge.

Breaks down, as signifieds in the absence of a stable point of reference (namely, a transcendental signified) constantly turn into other signifiers. General Linguistics, 114. Postmodernism, 195. Jameson is quoting from Walter Benn Michaels, The Gold Standard and the Logic of Naturalism: American Literature at the Turn of the Century (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1987), 95. Annette Weiner, Inalienable Possessions: The Paradox of Keeping-While-Giving (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1992), 37, 33.

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