British India and Victorian Literary Culture (Paperback)

Lecturer Maire Ni Fhlathuin (L


The book traces the development of British Indian literature from the early days of the nineteenth century through the Victorian period. Previously unstudied poems and essays drawn from the thriving periodicals culture of British India are examined alongside novels and travel-writing by authors including Emma Roberts, Philip Meadows Taylor and Rudyard Kipling. Key events and concerns of Victorian India - the legacy of the Hastings impeachment, the Indian 'Mutiny', the sati controversy, the rise of Bengal nationalism - are re-assessed within a dual literary and political context, emphasising the engagement of British writers with canonical British literature (Scott, Byron) as well as the mythology and historiography of India and their own responses to their immediate surroundings. Ni Fhlathuin examines representations of the experience of being in India, in chapters on the poetry and prose of exile, and the dynamics of consumption. She also analyses colonial representations of the landscape and societies of India itself, in chapters on the figure of the bandit / hero, female agency and self-sacrifice, and the use of historiography to enlist indigenous narratives in the project of Empire.

Product Details

  • Product code: BGDMT
  • ISBN: 9781474426039
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dimensions: 32.0cm x 25.9cm
  • Pages: 0
  • Publish date: Tue Aug 01 00:00:00 BST 2017
  • Book points: 20


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