By John Kucich
British imperialism's favourite literary narrative might sound to be conquest. yet actual British conquests additionally generated a stunning cultural obsession with discomfort, sacrifice, defeat, and melancholia. "There was," writes John Kucich, "seemingly a distinct crucifixion scene marking the old gateway to every colonial theater." In Imperial Masochism, Kucich unearths the primary function masochistic kinds of voluntary soreness performed in late-nineteenth-century British pondering imperial politics and sophistication identification. putting the colonial writers Robert Louis Stevenson, Olive Schreiner, Rudyard Kipling, and Joseph Conrad of their cultural context, Kucich exhibits how the ideological and mental dynamics of empire, relatively its reorganization of sophistication identities on the colonial outer edge, relied on figurations of masochism. Drawing on fresh psychoanalytic thought to outline masochism by way of narcissistic fantasies of omnipotence instead of sexual perversion, the e-book illuminates how masochism mediates political considered many various types, no longer easily those who characterize the social order as an competition of mastery and submission, or an eroticized drama of energy differentials. Masochism was once a robust psychosocial language that enabled colonial writers to articulate judgments approximately imperialism and sophistication. the 1st full-length learn of masochism in British colonial fiction, Imperial Masochism places forth new readings of this literature and exhibits the ongoing relevance of psychoanalysis to historicist reviews of literature and tradition.