“Loyalty and the Making of the Modern:” British Victorian Cultural Research Project

The project examines three overlapping areas upon which notions of loyalty were articulated: that of the state (patriotism), the family (conjugal loyalty), and the economy (consumer loyalty). In studying various narratives — literary, cultural, economic, and political — that circulated across the imperial circuit, I consider how such narratives mediate the paradoxical conjunction of loyalty with modernity.

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