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Introduction: Decline and fall Part I. Strange Cases, Common Fates: 1. Strange cases, common fates: degeneration and fiction in the Victorian fin-de-siècle 2. The sedulous ape: atavism, professionalism, and Stevenson's Jekyll and Hyde 3. Wilde's trials: reading erotics and the erotics of reading Part II. Between the Body and History: 4. Men at work: from heroic friendship to male romance Part III. Th Sins of Empire: 5. The Occidental tourist: Stoker and reverse colonisation 6. Strange events and extraordinary combinations: Sherlock Holmes and the pathology of everyday life 7. A universal foreignness: Kipling, race, and the great tradition Conclusion: modernist empires and the rise of English.