Imperial Masochism: British Fiction, Fantasy, and Social Class

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CONTENTS
Acknowledgmentsix
A Note on Textsxi
INTRODUCTION
Fantasy and Ideology1
Masochism in Context4
What Is Masochistic Fantasy?17
Multiple Masochisms28
CHAPTER One Melancholy Magic: Robert Louis Stevenson's Evangelical Anti-Imperialism31
Masochistic Splitting in the Scottish Novels36
Evangelicalism: Pain Is Power47
Rewriting Social Class at the Periphery: South Seas Tales59
Racial Projections72
Anti-Imperialist Euphoria in the Samoan Civil War76
The Reversibility of Masochistic Politics84
CHAPTER TWO Olive Schreiner's Preoedipal Dreams: Feminism, Class, and the South African War86
The Clash of Pleasure Economies in The Story of an African Farm90
New Woman Feminism96
The Regeneration of Middle-Class Culture107
Fantasizing about the Boers113
Domestic Middle-Class Identity and the War over the War124
Feminist Masochism, Class Regeneration, and Critical Disavowal129
CHAPTER THREE Sadomasochism and the Magical Group: Kipling's Middle-Class Imperialism136
Sadomasochism, Bullying, and Omnipotence in Stalky & Co.140
Magical Groups: Bullies, Victims, and Bystanders151
Kim: The Magical Group as Imperial Agent160
Magical Professionals in the Short Fiction168

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