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The Indian Mutiny and the British imagination

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Chakravarty explores representations of the Indian Mutiny of 1857 in British popular fiction and historiography. He draws on a range of primary sources including diaries, autobiographies and state papers. The book has a broad interdisciplinary base and will appeal to scholars of English literature, modern Indian history and cultural studies. Gautam Chakravarty explores representations of the event which has become known in the British imagination as the 'Indian Mutiny' of 1857 in British popular fiction and historiography. Drawing on a wide range of primary sources including diaries, autobiographies and state papers, Chakravarty shows how narratives of the rebellion were inflected by the concerns of colonial policy and by the demands of imperial self-image. He goes on to discuss the wider context of British involvement in India from 1765 to the 1940s, and engages with constitutional debates, administrative measures, and the early nineteenth-century Anglo-Indian novel. Chakravarty approaches the mutiny from the perspectives of postcolonial theory as well as from historical and literary perspectives to show the extent to which the insurrection took hold of the popular imagination in both Britain and India.

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Author(s):
Chakravarty, Gautam
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
2005
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0521832748
ISBN-13:
9780521832748
Number of pages:
242
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Title:
The Indian Mutiny and the British imagination

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Chakravarty explores representations of the Indian Mutiny of 1857 in British popular fiction and historiography. He draws on a range of primary sources including diaries, autobiographies and state papers. The book has a broad interdisciplinary base and will appeal to scholars of English literature, modern Indian history and cultural studies. Gautam Chakravarty explores representations of the event which has become known in the British imagination as the 'Indian Mutiny' of 1857 in British popular fiction and historiography. Drawing on a wide range of primary sources including diaries, autobiographies and state papers, Chakravarty shows how narratives of the rebellion were inflected by the concerns of colonial policy and by the demands of imperial self-image. He goes on to discuss the wider context of British involvement in India from 1765 to the 1940s, and engages with constitutional debates, administrative measures, and the early nineteenth-century Anglo-Indian novel. Chakravarty approaches the mutiny from the perspectives of postcolonial theory as well as from historical and literary perspectives to show the extent to which the insurrection took hold of the popular imagination in both Britain and India.

Author(s):
Chakravarty, Gautam
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
2005
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0521832748
ISBN-13:
9780521832748
Number of pages:
242
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Title:
The Indian Mutiny and the British imagination

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