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The naturalist in the Garden of Eden: Science and colonial landscape in Jem Poster's Rifling Paradise (2006)

Boccardi, Mariadele

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This essay seeks to supplement an established critical tradition that reads natural history in Neo-Victorian fiction from a post-modern and largely de-politicised perspective. I argue that the figure of the naturalist can be used to revisit natural history’s complicity with imperial expansion, both in its practice and in its discursive framework. By means of a close reading of Jem Poster’s Rifling Paradise (2006), I explore the ways in which natural history gives way to an ecological approach to the colonial landscape, pointing to a possible – though still problematic – alternative to a scientific (exploitative, colonial) understanding of the relationship between nature and human beings.

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Boccardi, M. (2016). The naturalist in the Garden of Eden: Science and colonial landscape in Jem Poster's Rifling Paradise (2006). Victoriographies, 6(2), 112-130. https://doi.org/10.3366/vic.2016.0227

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 30, 2016
Online Publication Date Jun 30, 2016
Publication Date Jul 1, 2016
Deposit Date Sep 7, 2015
Journal Victoriographies
Print ISSN 2044-2416
Electronic ISSN 2044-2424
Publisher Edinburgh University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 6
Issue 2
Pages 112-130
DOI https://doi.org/10.3366/vic.2016.0227
Keywords eco-criticism, ecology, natural history, colonial landscape, pastoral, wilderness, neo-Victorian fiction, colonial discourse
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/906609
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/vic.2016.0227
Additional Information Additional Information : The published version of this article is available from http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/vic.2016.0227

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