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Making British Indian fictions : 1772-1823

Title
Making British Indian fictions : 1772-1823 / Ashok Malhotra.
ISBN
9780230111264
0230111262
Edition
First edition.
Published
New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
Physical Description
xiii, 277 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Notes
Revision of the author's doctoral thesis.
Summary
"This book examines fictional representations of India in novels, plays and poetry produced between the years 1772 to 1823 as historical source material. It uses literary texts as case studies to investigate how Britons residing both in the metropole and in India justified, confronted and imagined the colonial encounter during this period. The study will situate the texts in relation to the shifting colonial context and to the changing attitudes towards India within Britain in general and on the part of Britons who had experience of living in India, such as East India Company men or their wives and daughters, in particular. Moreover, it will analyse how this literature responded to the increasing influence of the subcontinent on metropolitan culture. This book, then, approaches fictional texts as case studies that illuminate trends taking place within Britain such as the growing consumption of Indian-style imported goods and the commoditisation of an Indian aesthetic within British visual culture. Whilst the book will utilise fictional portrayals to comment upon shifts in the relationship between coloniser and colonised and to discuss the cross-cultural influences between the metropole and the colonial periphery, it also outlines how literary production and print capitalism played a part in shaping depictions of the subcontinent and stereotypes of the colonial 'other'. The study will also examine how representations of the subcontinent in British art and scholarship were influenced by metropolitan literary and popular culture. At the same time it will look at how representations by metropolitan authors influenced early-nineteenth century depictions by British authors who resided in India"-- Provided by publisher.
Format
Books
Language
English
Added to Catalog
August 17, 2012
Series
Palgrave studies in cultural and intellectual history.
Palgrave studies in cultural and intellectual history
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents
Encountering the Orient and India in Metropolitan Culture and the Print Market
Romantic Representations of the Subcontinent: 'Subliming India' and Configuring its Geopolitical Significance
Performing the 'Civilizing Mission' on the British Stage
The Novel Market: the Commoditization of Indian Culture by Novelists
Religion and Sex in the Subcontinent
Exile, Ethnography, and Anglo-Indian Life within the Subcontinent.
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