new book of interest to H-Digital-History subscribers

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My new monograph may be of interest to the subscribers of this listserv. I'm providing the title, link to author site, and book abstract below. The author site includes chapter abstracts plus the index for those who would like a more detailed overview of the book's contents. Thanks for taking a look!

With best wishes,

Adrian S. Wisnicki
Associate Professor, Department of English
Digital Humanities Program Coordinator, College of Arts and Sciences
Faculty Fellow, Center for Digital Research in the Humanities
University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Title: Fieldwork of Empire, 1840–1900: Intercultural Dynamics in the Production of British Expeditionary Literature (Routledge, 2019)

Author: Adrian S. Wisnicki (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

Author site:

Abstract: Fieldwork of Empire examines the impact of non-western cultural, political, and social forces and agencies on the production of British expeditionary literature. The book argues that such non-western impact was considerable, that it shaped the discursive and material dimensions of expeditionary literature, and that the impact extends to diverse materials from the expeditionary archive at a scale and depth that critics have previously not acknowledged.

The focus of the study falls on Victorian expeditionary literature related to Africa, a continent of accelerating British imperial interest in the nineteenth century, but the study’s findings have the potential to inform scholarship on European expeditionary, imperial, and colonial literature from a wide variety of periods and locations.

The book’s analysis is illustrative, not comprehensive. Each chapter targets intercultural encounters and expeditionary literature associated with a specific time period and African region or location. The book suggests that future scholarship – especially in areas such as expeditionary history, geography, cartography, travel writing studies, and book history – needs to adopt much more of a localized, non-western focus if it is to offer a full account of the production of expeditionary discourse and literature.