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The Fiction of Geopolitics: Afterimages of Culture, from Wilkie Collins to Alfred Hitchcock

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Studying a range of writers, genres, and disciplines, this book interrogates the status of geopolitics as a powerful twentieth-century fiction. The first part argues, through a reading of anarchist and imperialist geographers, that geopolitics emerged as a pseudoscience from the breakdown of nineteenth-century ideas of culture.

The books second part addresses the fate of the European hypothesis of culture, beginning with a chapter that studies the novels of Wilkie Collins within the historical context of democratic reform and the formalization of Empire. The next chapter finds, in the affinities between Olive Schreiner and Friedrich Nietzsche, a shared diagnosis of the nihilist positivism and eurocentrism of the culture hypothesis.

The third part examines the relation between the utopian globalism of international socialism and the geopolitical dystopia of world war. One chapter delineates the geography of politics in the 1890s through the medium of R. B. Cunninghame Grahams political journalism and early modernist sketch-artistry. The final chapter traces the meaning of “sabotage” from its anarcho-syndicalist origins to its geopolitical significance in early films of Alfred Hitchcock.

Charting the contours of the long turn of the century, from 1860 to 1940, the book moves back and forth from Victorian to modernist fields of study to show how the nineteenth-century European hypothesis of culture haunts the twentieth-century fiction of geopolitics.

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Investigates the status of geopolitics as a powerful 20th-century fiction. Early chapters argue, through a reading of anarchist and imperialist geographers, that geopolitics emerged as a pseudoscience from the breakdown of 19th-century ideas of culture. Later chapters address the fate of the European hypothesis of culture, and examine the relation between the utopian globalism of international socialism and the geopolitical dystopia of world war. GoGwilt teaches English at Fordham University.
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Synopsis:

Charting the contours of the long turn of the century, from 1860 to 1940, and studying a range of writers, genres, and disciplines, this book moves back and forth from Victorian to modernist fields of study to show how the 19th-century European hypothesis of culture haunts the 20th-century fiction of geopolitics.

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Charting the contours of the long turn of the century from 1860 to 1940, The Fiction of Geopolitics studies a wide range of writers, genres, and disciplines, and interrogates the status of geopolitics as a powerful twentieth-century fiction. It argues, through a reading of anarchist and imperialist geographers, that geopolitics emerged as a pseudoscience from the breakdown of nineteenth-century ideas of culture.

Synopsis:

The emergence of geopolitics from nineteenth-century culture.

Synopsis:

“ . . . GoGwilt manages an impressive synthesis of material.”—Utopian Studies

About the Author

Christopher GoGwilt is Associate Professor of English and former Director of Literary Studies at Fordham University. He is the author of The Invention of the West: Joseph Conrad and the Double-Mapping of Europe and Empire (Stanford, 1995).

Table of Contents

Illustrations; Acknowledgments; Introduction; Part I. A Genealogy of Geopolitics: 1. The geopolitical image: anarchism, imperialism and the hypothesis of culture in the formation of geopolitics; Part II. Culture and Nihilism: Prefiguring Geopolitics: 2. The Victorian blot: Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone, and the concept of culture; 3. Victorian nihilism: Friedrich Nietzsche and Olive Schreiner; Part III. Utopia and Sabotage: Contesting Geopolitics: 4. Broadcasting news from nowhere: Utopian narrative and the sketch-artistry of R. B. Cunninghame Graham; 5. The geopolitics of screenplay: sabotage from Joseph Conrad to Alfred Hitchcock.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780804737319
Author:
GoGwilt, Christopher Lloyd
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Author:
GoGwilt, Christopher Lloyd
Author:
GoGwilt, Christopher
Location:
Stanford
Subject:
History
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
Semiotics & Theory
Subject:
Politics and literature
Subject:
Political fiction, English
Subject:
Imperialism in literature
Subject:
Utopias in literature
Subject:
Anarchism in literature.
Subject:
World politics in literature.
Subject:
Conrad, Joseph
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20000931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.8 in

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Charting the contours of the long turn of the century, from 1860 to 1940, and studying a range of writers, genres, and disciplines, this book moves back and forth from Victorian to modernist fields of study to show how the 19th-century European hypothesis of culture haunts the 20th-century fiction of geopolitics.
"Synopsis" by , Charting the contours of the long turn of the century from 1860 to 1940, The Fiction of Geopolitics studies a wide range of writers, genres, and disciplines, and interrogates the status of geopolitics as a powerful twentieth-century fiction. It argues, through a reading of anarchist and imperialist geographers, that geopolitics emerged as a pseudoscience from the breakdown of nineteenth-century ideas of culture.
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“ . . . GoGwilt manages an impressive synthesis of material.”—Utopian Studies
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