Chapter 2. The Story of Colonial Adventure

  1. Cheryl Alexander Malcolm Associate Professor2 and
  2. David Malcolm Professor3
  1. Mariadele Boccardi Senior Lecturer

Published Online: 2 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444304770.ch2

A Companion to the British and Irish Short Story

A Companion to the British and Irish Short Story

How to Cite

Boccardi, M. (2008) The Story of Colonial Adventure, in A Companion to the British and Irish Short Story (eds C. A. Malcolm and D. Malcolm), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444304770.ch2

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Department of American Studies, University of Gdańsk, Poland

  2. 3

    English Institute, University of Gdańsk, Poland

Author Information

  1. University of the West of England, Bristol, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 10 OCT 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405145374

Online ISBN: 9781444304770



  • age of empire and emergence - establishment of short story as codified and recognizable form;
  • relationship between ideology and popular culture and textual experience of empire on British public;
  • colonial adventure fiction - framework for individual and state-sponsored acts of exploration;
  • “Footprints in the Jungle”- exemplary in its disturbance of surface of colonial life;
  • “The Vessel of Wrath” - unconventional love story between a woman missionary and a drunk;
  • story of colonial adventure


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • References and Further Reading