Romantic Representations of British India

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Michael J Franklin
Routledge, Sep 27, 2006 - History - 304 pages
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Michael J. Franklin's Romantic Representations of British India is 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 ‘Anglo-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.


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1 General introduction and metahistorical background representing The palanquins of state or broken leaves in a Mughal garden
The empire of the officials
Battling Hindu superstition on the London stage
Art gift and diplomacy in colonial India
5 Poetic flowersIndian bowers
Southey the literary East Indiaman
Phebe Gibbess Hartly House Calcutta 1789 and Sydney Owensons The Missionary An Indian Tale 1811
Shelley and the music of India
Sir William Joness On the Musical Modes of the Hindus 1792 and its reception in later musical treatises
The Travels of Mirza Abu Taleb Khan 1810 and Romantic Orientalism
Romanticism Orientalism and intertextuality in the Indian writings of Sir Walter Scott and Robert Orme
Rammohan Rays Vedantas

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