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Forms of Empire: The Poetics of Victorian Sovereignty

Nathan K. Hensley


Forms of Empire shows how the modern state’s anguished relationship to violence pushed literary writers to expand the capacities of literary form. The Victorian era is often imagined as an “age of equipoise,” but the period between 1837 and 1901 included more than 200 separate wars. What is the difference, though, between peace and war? The much-vaunted equipoise of the nineteenth-century state depended on physical force to guarantee it. But the sovereign violence hidden in the shadows of all law shuddered most visibly into being at the edges of law’s reach, in the Empire, where emergency was ... More

Keywords: violence, liberalism, mediation, war, aesthetics, poetry, novel, British Empire, law, historicism

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198792451
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198792451.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nathan K. Hensley, author
Georgetown University

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