Towheed, Shafquat (ed.)

New Readings in the Literature of British India, c. 1780-1947





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The twelve contributions to this book amply demonstrate the richness, vitality and complexity of the colonial transactions between Britain and India over the last two centuries, and they do so by approaching the topic from a specific perspective: by interpreting the rubric 'new readings' as broadly, creatively and productively as possible. They cover a wide range of literary responses and genres: eighteenth-century drama, the gothic novel, verse, autobiography, history, religious writing, journalism, women's memoirs, travel writing, popular fiction, and the modernist novel. Brought together in one volume, these essays offer a small, but representative sample of the multifaceted literary and cultural traffic between Britain and India in the colonial period. In the richness and diversity of the various contributors' strategies and interpretations, these new readings urge us to return once again to texts that we think we know, as well as to explore those that we do not, with a freshly renewed sense of their complexity, immediacy, and relevance. Contents:
Introduction (Shafquat Towheed)
1. Colonialism, Slavery and Religion on Stage: Late-Eighteenth Century Women Dramatists, the Hastings Trial and the Making of British India (Marianna D'Ezio)
2. India as Gothic Horror: Maturin's Melmoth the Wanderer and Images of Juggernaut in Early Nineteenth-Century Missionary Writing (Andrew Rudd)
3. Intrepid Traveller, She-Merchant", or Colonialist Historiographer: Reading Eliza Fay's Original Letters (Nira Gupta-Casale)
4. The British Woman Traveller in India: Cultural Intimacy and Interracial Kinship in Fanny Parks's Wanderings of a Pilgrim in Search of the Picturesque (Nandini Sengupta)
5. "Inconsequential Lives: The Voyage Out and Anglo-Indian Fictions of Voyaging and Domesticity" (Pia Mukherji)
6. Remade Womanhoods, Refashioned Modernities: The Construction of "Good Womanhood" in Annisa, an Early Twentieth-Century Women's Magazine in Urdu" (Rekha Pande, K. C. Bindu, Viqar Atiya)
7. Abu'l A'la Mawdudi: British India and the Politics of Popular Islamic Texts (Masood Ashraf Raja)
8. Memoirs of Maharanis: The Politics of Marriage, Companionship and Love in Late-Colonial Princely India (Angma Dey Jhala)
9. The Reception of Marie Corelli in India (Prodosh Bhattacharya)
10. "The Sahib try to kiss me": The Construction of the Queer Subaltern in J. R. Ackerley's Hindoo Holiday (Shafquat Towheed)
11. Cultural Contestations in the Literary Marketplace: Reading Raja Rao's Kanthapura and Aubrey Menen's The Prevalence of Witches (Ruvani Ranasinha)
12. Casualty of War, Casualty of Empire: Mulk Raj Anand in England (Kristin Bluemel) "A diverse and interesting set of studies ranging widely over the period by a prominent group of experts in the field.
- Elleke Boehmer (Professor of World Literature in English, University of Oxford)
Author of Colonial and Postcolonial Literature: Migrant Metaphors (Oxford University Press, 1995) "I am very pleased to endorse this publication: the range of texts and topics highlights the depth and diversity of British India's literary heritage, and the nuanced, scholarly readings explore many of its complexities. The volume is a valuable addition to criticism and literary history in this field.
- Máire ní Fhlathúin (Lecturer in English Studies, University of Nottingham)
Editor of The Legacy of Colonialism (Galway University Press, 1998) and Rudyard Kipling's Kim (Broadview Press, 2005) "Introducing a range of diverse material and covering an impressive historical range, this collec-tion offers refreshing and sometimes startling new insights into old British/Indian literary con-nections and interactions.
- Susheila Nasta (Professor of Modern Literature, The Open University)
Author of Home Truths: Fictions of the South Asian Diaspora in Britain (Palgrave Macmillan, 2002) "New Readings in the Literature of British India, c.1780 - 1947 makes a valuable contribution to literary and cultural studies concerned with British-Indian exchange during the colonial pe-riod. The volume is notably informative, representing a variety of topics and critical orienta-tions, and it will do much to fill in such gaps as may exist in a working scholar's knowledge of the field.
- Don Randall (Associate Professor of English, Bilkent University)
Author of Kipling's Imperial Boy: Adolescence and Cultural Hybridity (Palgrave, 2000)



Stimmen zum Buch:

“The Studies in English Literatures Series [. . .] has produced a remarkably interesting and useful volume [. . .] It is essential reading for researchers in postcolonial studies and equally entertaining for casual readers”
Jadavpur Journal of Comparative Literature 45 (2007-2008)

“insightful analyses of some of the cultural transactions often overlooked by academia and the editor as well as the authors of papers deserve our compliments for relocating them in the center of critical focus and exploration.”
Icfai University Journal of English Studies (June 2008)


334 Seiten. Paperback. 2007.
ISBN 978-3-89821-673-9
ISSN 1614-4651