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Brantlinger, Patrick 1941-

Works: 42 works in 306 publications in 3 languages and 19,101 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Fiction  Action and adventure fiction  Fantasy fiction  Romance fiction  Essays  Handbooks and manuals  Adventure stories  Adventure stories, English 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: PR4731, 823.8
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Most widely held works about Patrick Brantlinger
Most widely held works by Patrick Brantlinger
The reading lesson : the threat of mass literacy in nineteenth-century British fiction by Patrick Brantlinger( )

11 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 2,562 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rule of darkness : British literature and imperialism, 1830-1914 by Patrick Brantlinger( )

30 editions published between 1988 and 2013 in English and held by 2,378 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A major contribution to the cultural and literary history of the Victorian age, Rule of Darkness maps the complex relationship between Victorian literary forms, genres, and theories and imperialist, racist ideology. Critics and cultural historians have usually regarded the Empire as being of marginal importance to early and mid-Victorian writers. Patrick Brantlinger asserts that the Empire was central to British culture as a source of ideological and artistic energy, both supported by and lending support to widespread belief in racial superiority, the need to transform "savagery" into "civilization," and the urgency of promoting emigration.Rule of Darkness brings together material from public records, memoirs, popular culture, and canonical literature. Brantlinger explores the influence of the novels of Captain Frederick Marryat, pioneer of British adolescent adventure fiction, and shows the importance of William Makepeace Thackeray's experience of India to his novels. He treats a number of Victorian best sellers previously ignored by literary historians, including the Anglo-Indian writer Philip Meadows Taylor's Confessions of a Thug and Seeta. Brantlinger situates explorers' narratives and travelogues by such famous author-adventurers as David Livingstone and Sir Richard Burton in relation to other forms of Victorian and Edwardian prose. Through readings of works by Arthur Conan Doyle, Joseph Conrad, H. Rider Haggard, Rudyard Kipling, John Hobson, and many others, he considers representations of Africa, India, and other non-British parts of the world in both fiction and nonfiction.The most comprehensive study yet of literature and imperialism in the early and mid-Victorian years, Rule of Darkness offers, in addition, a revisionary interpretation of imperialism as a significant factor in later British cultural history, from the 1880s to World War I. It is essential reading for anyone concerned with Victorian culture and society and, more generally, with the relationship between Victorian writers and imperialism, 'and between racist ideology and patterns of domination in modern history
Modernity and mass culture( )

12 editions published between 1991 and 1997 in English and held by 2,301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bread & circuses : theories of mass culture as social decay by Patrick Brantlinger( Book )

36 editions published between 1983 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 1,775 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lively and well written, Bread and Circuses analyzes theories that have treated mass culture as either a symptom or a cause of social decadence. Discussing many of the most influential and representative theories of mass culture, it ranges widely from Greek and Roman origins, through Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, Ortega y Gasset, T.S. Eliot, and the theorists of the Frankfurt Institute, down to Marshall McLuhan and Daniel Bell. Brantlinger considers the many versions of negative classicism and shows how the belief in the historical inevitability of social decay
Victorian literature and postcolonial studies by Patrick Brantlinger( )

15 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 1,537 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book examines the relationship between the British Empire and Victorian literature. It explains how Victorian literature both gave expression to pro-imperialist themes, and engaged with forms of opposition to the empire like abolitionism and early Indian nationalism. Victorian literature is analyzed in relation to key debates in postcolonial studies about Orientalism, race, gender, Marxism, subalterneity, imperial historiography, mimicry and representation. And there are in-depth examinations of works by major Victorian authors in an imperial context, notably those of Dickens, Charlotte Bronte, Disraeli, Tennyson, Yeats, Kipling and Conrad."--Jacket
A companion to the Victorian novel by Patrick Brantlinger( )

40 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and held by 1,422 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this comprehensive and accessible critical overview of the Victorian novel, a number of writers explore the religious, social, political and other contexts of the period and study the various genres or subgenres of the Victorian novel
Taming cannibals : race and the Victorians by Patrick Brantlinger( )

15 editions published between 2011 and 2019 in English and held by 1,363 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the dust jacket. In Taming Cannibals, Patrick Brantlinger unravels contradictions embedded in the racist and imperial ideology of the British Empire. For many Victorians, the idea of taming cannibals or civilizing savages was oxymoronic: civilization was a goal that the nonwhite peoples of the world could not attain or, at best, could only approximate, yet the "civilizing mission" was viewed as the ultimate justification for imperialism. Similarly, the supposedly unshakeable certainty of Anglo-Saxon racial superiority was routinely undercut by widespread fears about racial degeneration through contact with "lesser" races or concerns that Anglo-Saxons might be superseded by something superior -- an even "fitter" or "higher" race or species. Brantlinger traces the development of those fears through close readings of a wide range of texts -- including Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe, Fiji and the Fijians by Thomas Williams, Daily Life and Origin of the Tasmanians by James Bonwick, The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin, Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, Culture and Anarchy by Matthew Arnold, She by H. Rider Haggard, and The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells. Throughout the wide-ranging, capacious, and rich Taming Cannibals, Brantlinger combines the study of literature with sociopolitical history and postcolonial theory in novel ways
Dark vanishings : discourse on the extinction of primitive races, 1800-1930 by Patrick Brantlinger( )

17 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and held by 1,359 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Patrick Brantlinger here examines the commonly held nineteenth-century view that all "primitive" or "savage" races around the world were doomed sooner or later to extinction. Warlike propensities and presumed cannibalism were regarded as simultaneously noble and suicidal, accelerants of the downfall of other races after contact with white civilization. Brantlinger finds at the heart of this belief the stereotype of the self-exterminating savage, or the view that "savagery" is a sufficient explanation for the ultimate disappearance of "savages" from the grand theater of world history. -- from back cover
States of emergency : essays on culture and politics by Patrick Brantlinger( )

9 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 1,079 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Some articles have appeared previously
The spirit of reform : British literature and politics, 1832-1867 by Patrick Brantlinger( Book )

19 editions published between 1976 and 1977 in 3 languages and held by 716 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Crusoe's footprints : cultural studies in Britain and America by Patrick Brantlinger( Book )

16 editions published between 1990 and 2013 in English and held by 642 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Brantlinger offers an introduction to the rapidly growing field of cultural studies, charting its development in both Britain and America and assessing the contribution of a range of theory from phenomenology to psychoanalysis
Who killed Shakespeare? : what's happened to English since the radical sixties by Patrick Brantlinger( Book )

9 editions published between 2001 and 2013 in English and held by 433 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First published in 2001. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company
Fictions of state : culture and credit in Britain, 1694-1994 by Patrick Brantlinger( Book )

9 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 429 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The economic foundations of modern nation-states involved national debt, public credit, and paper money. Brantlinger traces the emergence of modern, imperial Great Britain from those foundations. He analyzes the process whereby nationalism, both the cause and the result of wars and imperial expansion, multiplied national debt and produced crises of public credit resolved only through more nationalism and war. During the first half of the eighteenth century, conservatives attacked public credit as fetishistic and characterized national debt as alchemical. From the 1850s, the stabilizing theories of public credit authored by David Hume, Adam Smith, Henry Thornton, and others helped initiate the first "social science" economics
Energy & entropy : science and culture in Victorian Britain : essays from Victorian studies( Book )

13 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in English and held by 348 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The annotated She : a critical edition of H. Rider Haggard's Victorian romance with introduction and notes by H. Rider Haggard( Book )

11 editions published between 2001 and 2013 in English and held by 233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"On his twenty-fifth birthday, Leo Vicey opens the silver casket that his father has left to him. It contains a letter recounting the legend of a white sorceress who rules an African tribe and his father's quest to find this remote race. To find out for himself if the story is true, Leo and his companions set sail for Zanzibar. There, he is brought face to face with Ayesha, She-who-must-be-obeyed: dictator, femme fatale, tyrant and beauty. She has been waiting for centuries for the true descendant of Kallikrates, her murdered lover, to arrive, and arrive he does--in an unexpected form." -- Page [4] cover
The Reverend Pearl May Patrick, an Indiana Progressive (1875-1962) : one of America's first ordained women by Patrick Brantlinger( )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Confessions of a Thug by Meadows Taylor( Book )

4 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A historical novel on crime and retribution set in 1832 in India
Barbed wire : capitalism and the enclosure of the commons by Patrick Brantlinger( )

10 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A call to transform the way we think about property, this book examines how capitalism has from its origins sought to enclose or privatize the commons, or land and other forms of property that had been viewed as communally owned, and argues that neoliberal economic policies and the corporate takeovers of urban spaces, prisons, schools, the mass media, farms, and natural resources have failed to serve the public interest. A study of corporate globalization and the continuation of empire after the era of political decolonization, it begins with the fencing of the West starting in the 1870s, and moves to examine recent phenomena such as urbanization, mass incarceration, financialization, and the treatment of people as commodities in the context of the longue durée of land enclosures, empire, and capitalism. Highlighting the threatened elimination of the public domain as a result of corporate efforts to privatize public utilities, prisons, schools, forests, seeds, and just about everything else that can yield a profit, Barbed Wire: Capitalism and the Enclosure of the Commons asks what it would mean if, instead of either private or public property, our most fundamental conception of property were communal. Would a redefinition of property from a community perspective lead us beyond the military-industrial complex?"--Page 4 of cover
Harriet Martineau's writing on the British Empire by Harriet Martineau( )

2 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Of Principles Illustrated in this VolumeIII. 'Cinnamon and Pearls'; Chapter I. The Silent Trip; Chapter II. A Mushroom City; Chapter III. Morning in the Jungle; Chapter IV. Night in the Jungle; Chapter V. Maternal Economy; Chapter VI. Blithe News; Chapter VII. Up and Doing; Summary of Principles Illustrated in this Volume; IV. Dawn Island; Preface; Chapter I. Nature and Man at War; Chapter II. Puerile Man and His Gods; Chapter III. The Priest and the Oracle; Chapter IV. More Human Sacrifice; Chapter V. Vital Tribute; Chapter VI. The Priest and the Advent; Chapter VII. A Higher Disclosure
The empire question by Harriet Martineau( Book )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Modernity and mass culture
Rule of darkness : British literature and imperialism, 1830-1914Modernity and mass cultureBread & circuses : theories of mass culture as social decayVictorian literature and postcolonial studiesA companion to the Victorian novelDark vanishings : discourse on the extinction of primitive races, 1800-1930Crusoe's footprints : cultural studies in Britain and AmericaWho killed Shakespeare? : what's happened to English since the radical sixties
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Brantlinger, Patrick

Brantlinger, Patrick Morgan 1941-

ブラントリンガー, P

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