Romantic Literature and the Colonised World

Lessons from Indigenous Translations

  • Nikki Hessell

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 233-269

About this book


This book considers indigenous-language translations of Romantic texts in the British colonies. It argues that these translations uncover a latent discourse around colonisation in the original English texts. Focusing on poems by William Wordsworth, John Keats, Felicia Hemans, and Robert Burns, and on Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe, it provides the first scholarly insight into the reception of major Romantic authors in indigenous languages, and makes a major contribution to the study of global Romanticism and its colonial heritage. The book demonstrates the ways in which colonial controversies around prayer, song, hospitality, naming, mapping, architecture, and medicine are drawn out by translators to make connections between Romantic literature, its preoccupations, and debates in the nineteenth- and early twentieth-century colonial worlds.


Global Romanticism Ocean Felicia Hemans Translation Robert Burns Wordsworth Romantic literature Indigenous writing

Authors and affiliations

  • Nikki Hessell
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  1. 1.Victoria University of WellingtonWellingtonNew Zealand

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