My research is on imperialism in literary and media cultures in the late nineteenth and early twentieth Centuries. Using an 'Imperial Lives' methodology I am researching journalists such as Flora Shaw and Perceval Landon as well as novelists such as Flora Annie Steel and Henry Rider Haggard to explore imperial advocacy in these circles. This often also touches upon travel writing and imperial representations of empire reported within Britain.
My current focus is also considering the position of nature and landscape in victorian relationships to the land. In particular, it looks at how this was imagined and acted upon in the empire and imperial debate as spaces in the settler colonies were imaginitively and practically colonised as quintessentially British and British flora and fauna was imported into Australia, New Zealand, and Canada.
Imperial Enthusiasts and the Presentation of Empire in Britain : Four lives in the British Empire, 1880-1930Author: Watts, J., 26 Nov 2020
Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis › Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)File