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Joe Turner

This chapter develops a theory of domestication, which underpins the book’s approach to borders, family, empire, race and government. This begins with a unique reading of Jane Eyre, a key piece of nineteenth-century literature, and explores what the treatment of the character of Bertha Mason can tell us about family and empire. Domestication concerns the organisation of household rule and the push to domesticate untamed and uncivilised elements in the name of heteronormative capitalist order. Drawing from postcolonial, decolonial and black feminism, the chapter shows how the discovery of undomesticated populations was central to domesticating territory through imperialism. Historically, family has related to race just as much as it has to the more familiar inequalities of gender and sexuality. The chapter shows how the figure of Bertha Mason is dehumanised in Jane Eyre as an undomesticated presence within the English manor house. This works as an allegory for the contemporary racialised migrant and citizen.

in Bordering intimacy
Peter Lachmann

of mortality: among the most important of these is tuberculosis caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Mycobacteria are intracellular bacterial infections which are difficult to neutralise and are contained by cellular immunity which is however also responsible for much of the pathology produced by the infection. Tuberculosis has been a major cause of death for centuries and, as is known from nineteenth-century literature, was regarded at that time with the same apprehension as cancer is at the present time. There is an excellent account of tuberculosis given by

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