Romantic Representations Of British India

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2006-10-31
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Michael J. Franklin's Romantic Representations of British Indiais a timely study of the impact of Orientalist knowledge upon British culture during the Romantic period. The subject of the book is not so much India, but the British cultural understanding of India, particularly between 1750 and 1850. Franklin opens up new areas of investigation in Romantic-period culture, as those texts previously located in the ghetto of '¬ÜAnglo-Indian writing'¬" are restored to a central place in the wider field of Romanticism. The essays within this collection cover a wide range of topics and are written by an impressive troupe of contributors including P.J. Marshall, Anne Mellor, and Nigel Leask. Students and academics involved with literary studies and history will find this book extremely useful, though musicologists and historians of science and of religion will also make good use of the book, as will those interested in questions of gender, race, and colonialism.

Table of Contents

List of figuresp. ix
Notes on contributorsp. x
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
General introduction and [meta] historical background [re] presenting 'The palanquins of state; or, broken leaves in a Mughal garden'p. 1
British-Indian connections c. 1780 to c. 1830: the empire of the officialsp. 45
Torrents, flames and the education of desire: battling Hindu superstition on the London stagep. 65
Between mimesis and alterity: art gift and diplomacy in colonial Indiap. 84
Poetic flowers/Indian bowersp. 113
'Where...success [is] certain'?: Southey the literary East Indiamanp. 131
Radically feminizing India: Phebe Gibbes's Hartly House, Calcutta (1789) and Sydney Owenson's The Missionary: An Indian Tale (1811)p. 154
The strains of empire: Shelley and the music of Indiap. 180
From 'very acute and plausible' to 'curiously misinterpreted': Sir William Jones's 'On the Musical Modes of the Hindus' (1792) and its reception in later musical treatisesp. 197
'Travelling the other way': The Travels of Mirza Abu Taleb Khan (1810) and Romantic Orientalismp. 220
Conquest narratives: Romanticism, Orientalism and intertextuality in the Indian writings of Sir Walter Scott and Robert Ormep. 238
Orientalism and religion in the Romantic era: Rammohan Ray's Vedanta(s)p. 259
Indexp. 278
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