By Ben Grant

By enticing heavily with the paintings of Richard Francis Burton (1821-90), the enduring nineteenth-century imperial secret agent, explorer, anthropologist and translator, Postcolonialism, Psychoanalysis and Burton explores the White Man’s ‘imperial fantasies’, and the ways that the various metropolitan discourses to which Burton contributed drew upon and bolstered an intimate connection among fable and gear in the house of Empire. This unique research sheds new mild at the mechanisms of imperial appropriation and will pay specific recognition to Burton’s courting together with his regulate ego, Abdullah, the identify during which he famously travelled to Mecca and Medina disguised as a Muslim pilgrim. during this context, Grant also presents insightful readings of a few Burton’s contemporaries, reminiscent of Müller, du Chaillu, Darwin and Huxley, and engages with postcolonial and psychoanalytic thought as a way to spotlight the difficult dating among the person and imperialism, and to motivate readers to contemplate what it capability to learn colonial historical past and imperial narrative today.

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