English Magic and Imperial Madness: The Anti-Colonial Politics of Susanna Clark's Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell.
In her novel, Clarke adds the unexpected return of magic to the uncertainty of Regency England, which was challenged by a changing monarchy, the Napoleonic Wars, and a population explosion in London. Mathews explores how modern fantasy novels like Clarke's can shape our view of history, as he discusses themes she develops in the novel, including imperialism, racism, and the persistence of myths we all share. Mathews is professor of English literature at Hanyang University in Seoul, South Korea. McFarland. 2021. Paper. NEW. $36.00