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Situating The Beetle within the fin-de-siècle fiction of Gothic Egypt

military campaign. In 1896 Punch magazine commented upon Kitchener’s endeavour with a cartoon depicting the shade of General Gordon warning a martial John Bull to ‘Remember!’ (presumably, to remember Gordon’s disastrous fate in Khartoum; see figure 7.1), and this further illuminates the relationship between Marsh’s text and contemporary politics – the use of the Gothic to suggest the threat of resistance to the British imperial project. This chapter, then, endeavours to elucidate in detail the submerged but significant connections between these disparate events in order

in Richard Marsh, popular fiction and literary culture, 1890–1915

history of Tipu’s tiger, however, belies a simple English and Indian binary. Discussions of the object from the late twentieth century onwards have indicated a potentially international provenance for its components. The East India Company targeted Tipu in part because of his French military ties, and Stronge notes that Tipu’s embassies to both Istanbul and France resulted in the arrival in Mysore of French goods, engineers and artisans.23 It is therefore possible that craftsmanship on certain parts of the tiger is French, with the organ keyboard having ‘certain

in Richard Marsh, popular fiction and literary culture, 1890–1915
Populism, New Humour and the male clerk in Marsh’s Sam Briggs adventures

) that the degeneration caused by city life could be overcome with hard military service: Year by year the population of England is being more and more swallowed up by our big cities. The healthy agricultural pursuits that made the sturdy English yeomen of days gone by have given way to the manufacturing and industrial life which crowds men in cities, where light, air, trees, and open spaces – all that is needed for the healthy physical development of a nation’s men and women – are wanting.52 Shee goes on to argue that ‘[t]he training of the whole manhood of the

in Richard Marsh, popular fiction and literary culture, 1890–1915