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Description and Critical Context for Beefeaters, a Novel

Rachel Cochran, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


This dissertation contains the following elements: an excerpt of my short fiction; a description of my novel Beefeaters; and a critical introduction explaining how the novel engages with formal elements consistent and in conversation with prominent texts of the neo-Victorian genre. Specifically, I explore how my novel’s imperial setting interacts with the eurocentricity of many canonical neo-Victorian narratives. Set in 1885 Lucknow, India, the story traces the cultural consequences of three instances of interracial and intercultural violence. In order to resist the colonizing effect of the Eurocentric detective story, which might seek in its structure to homogenize so diverse a community into a singular narrative, Beefeaters is told with a roving, omniscient third-person narrator, one that primarily inhabits five distinct points of view, each of which occupies a different position in regards to race, gender, sexuality, religion, and economic status.

Subject Area

Creative writing

Recommended Citation

Cochran, Rachel, "Description and Critical Context for Beefeaters, a Novel" (2020). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI27957676.