Representations of India: 1740-1840

Chatterjee, Amal Kumar (1993) Representations of India: 1740-1840. MLitt(R) thesis, University of Glasgow.

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This is a study of representations of India in English in the period 1740 - 1840. Representations in both fiction and nonfiction are analysed within their contemporary political and social contexts, revealing that they not only reflected the conflicts within society but were actively involved in them. Reportage, discussion, comment, fiction are seen to be all parts of the same interaction, related to the social, political, economic and ideological trends of the time. The various writings, brought together and analysed in context, demonstrate the interconnected nature of experience, ideas and representation. The thesis begins with an overview of the research methodology and an analysis of the political and economic situation in the period. The study itself is divided into six chapters, the first two dealing with representations of Englishmen in India, the traders and the soldiers and administrators; the next three with the perceptions of Indian religion and the practices of Sati and Thuggee; and the sixth with Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan, the kings of Mysore who came to represent all that was evil in India. Finally, an extensive bibliography of material written about India in the eighteenth and nineteenth century is appended.

Item Type: Thesis (MLitt(R))
Qualification Level: Masters
Keywords: British & Irish literature, Asian history
Date of Award: 1993
Depositing User: Enlighten Team
Unique ID: glathesis:1993-75006
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2019 14:38
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2019 14:38

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