‘Gone the cry of “Forward, forward”'
Crisis and narrative
in Travellers in Africa
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This chapter presents the expedition led by Henry Morton Stanley in the 1880s to relieve Emin Pasha. It shows how social and commercial developments affected and were reflected in British attitudes to Africa. The chapter discusses the literary and cultural expressions of the controversy to which the expedition gave rise; crises of class and authority; and the commodification of narrative and explorer. A more concentrated and apparently more integral narrative is James Mounteney-Jephson's Emin Pasha and the Rebellion at the Equator. The controversy over the treatment and behaviour of the rear column led to direct challenges of authority in the form of accounts highly critical of Stanley. A settlement was reached by which Stanley was to pay costs and John Rose Troup to be allowed to publish his book on or after 15 October 1890, before which date none of the other officers should publish their accounts of the expedition.

Travellers in Africa

British Travelogues, 1850–1900




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