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Livingstone's ‘Lives’: A metabiography of a Victorian icon

Justin D. Livingstone


Dr. David Livingstone, the Victorian ‘missionary-explorer’, has attracted more written commentary than nearly any other heroic figure of the nineteenth century. In the years following his death, he rapidly became the subject of a major biographical tradition and indeed he continues to sustain an academic trade as well. Yet, out of the extensive discourse that has installed itself around him, no single unified image of Livingstone emerges. Rather, he has been represented in diverse ways and put to work in a variety of socio-political contexts. This book interrogates the heterogeneous nature of ... More

Keywords: Livingstone, exploration, imperial history, postcolonialism, biography, reputation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780719095320
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719095320.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Justin D. Livingstone, author
University of Glasgow