WorldCat Identities

Jolly, Roslyn

Works: 6 works in 51 publications in 2 languages and 2,942 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Fiction  Biography  Diaries 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: PS2127.H5, 813.4
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Roslyn Jolly
Henry James : history, narrative, fiction by Roslyn Jolly( Book )

11 editions published in 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 634 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a study of Henry James's changing attitudes to history as a narrative model, tracing the development from his early interest in 'scientific' historiography to the radically antihistorical character of his late works. James's use of the term 'history' was influenced by developments in nineteenth-century historiography, but was also embedded in the complex of defensive manoeuvres through which Victorian culture sought to control its anxiety about the power of fiction. Reading James's novels in the light of nineteenth-century debates about the morality of authorship and the politics of reading, Dr Jolla finds that fiction moves from being history's censored 'other' in the early works to being a valued mode of problem-solving in the later fiction. This shift may be seen as the product of James's increasing engagement with the reading practices of groups marginalized by high Victorian culture: women, the working class, other cultures, and the avant-garde. Drawing on contemporary narrative theory, and providing illuminating readings of a large number of James's novels, Roslyn Jolly has written a sophisticated and persuasive analysis of James's shifting definitions of history and fiction
South Sea tales by Robert Louis Stevenson( Book )

15 editions published between 1996 and 2008 in English and held by 358 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In these stories, as in his work generally, Stevenson shows himself to be a virtuoso of narrative styles: his Pacific fiction includes the domestic realism of 'The Beach of Falesa', the folktale plots of 'The Bottle Imp' and 'The Isle of Voices', and the modernist blending of naturalism and symbolism in The Ebb-Tide. But beyond their generic diversity the stories are linked by their concern with representing the multiracial society of which their author had become a member. In this collection - the first to bring together all his shorter Pacific fiction in one volume - Stevenson emerges as a witness both to the cross-cultural encounters of nineteenth-century imperialism and to the creation of the global culture which characterizes the post-colonial world
Robert Louis Stevenson in the Pacific : travel, empire, and the author's profession by Roslyn Jolly( Book )

9 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robert Louis Stevenson's departure from Europe in 1887 coincided with a vocational crisis prompted by his father's death. Impatient with his established identity as a writer, Stevenson was eager to explore different ways of writing, at the same time that living in the Pacific stimulated a range of latent intellectual and political interests. Roslyn Jolly examines the crucial period from 1887 to 1894, focusing on the self-transformation wrought in Stevenson's Pacific travel-writing and political texts. Jolly shows how Stevenson's desire to understand unfamiliar Polynesian and Micronesian cultures, and to record and intervene in the politics of Samoa, gave him opportunities to use his legal education, pursue his interest in historiography, and experiment with anthropology and journalism. Thus as his geographical and cultural horizons expanded, Stevenson's professional sphere enlarged as well, stretching the category of authorship in which his successes as a novelist had placed him. Rather than enhancing his stature as a popular writer, however, Stevenson's experiments with new styles and genres, and the Pacific subject matter of his later works, were resisted by his readers. Jolly's analysis of contemporary responses to Stevenson's writing, gleaned from an extensive collection of reviews, many of which are not readily available, provides fascinating insights into the interests, obsessions, and resistance of Victorian readers. As Stevenson sought to escape the vocational straightjacket that confined him, his readers just as strenuouslyy expressed their loyalty to outmoded images of Stevenson the author, and their distrust of the new guises in which he presented himself. -- Publisher
The cruise of the "Janet Nichol" among the South Sea Islands; a diary by Fanny Van de Grift Stevenson( Book )

10 editions published between 2003 and 2007 in English and German and held by 223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

History and fiction : modes of narrative in the works of Henry James by Roslyn Jolly( )

5 editions published in 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

[The child enthroned : Victorians and childhood]( Book )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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Audience level: 0.43 (from 0.08 for The cruise ... to 0.87 for History an ...)

Henry James : history, narrative, fiction
English (46)

German (3)

South Sea talesRobert Louis Stevenson in the Pacific : travel, empire, and the author's professionThe cruise of the "Janet Nichol" among the South Sea Islands; a diary