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Going a-Trolloping
Imperial man travels the Empire
in Gender and imperialism
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This chapter, unlike most writing on Anthony Trollope, focuses on his travel books rather than his fiction (the forty-seven novels). Trollope's travel writing, and indeed his travels, was focused on the Empire. For Trollope the Empire was central to Englishness, part of what was special about the Anglo-Saxon race. Racial difference was part of the everyday life of Victorian men and women. Trollope's mapping of imperial places and peoples, embedded in familiar language and images, brought Maori 'cannibals', Jamaican 'Quashees' and energetic white Australian settlers right into the parlour. Trollope's mapping of the 'races' was linked with a vision of empire, which drew on both the liberal political economy of a figure such as Herman Merivale and the enraged conservatism of Thomas Carlyle. For Trollope a clear gender order with bread-winning husband and father and domesticated wife and mother was a necessary base for a good colonial life.

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