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The Indian Mutiny and the British Imagination

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture

  • Date Published: March 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521832748

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  • Gautam Chakravarty explores representations of the Indian Mutiny of 1857 in British popular fiction and historiography and within the wider context of British involvement in India. Drawing on diaries, autobiographies and state papers, Chakravarty demonstrates how narratives of the rebellion were inflected by the concerns of colonial policy and the demands of imperial self-image. The book has a broad interdisciplinary appeal.

    • Offers insights into British representations of the Indian mutiny of 1857 in fiction and historical accounts
    • Provides insights into the wider context of British involvement in India
    • Will be of interest to a broad range of scholars in literature, history and cultural studies
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    "meticulously researched and elegantly argued" Victorian Studies Shuchi Kapila, Grinnell College

    "Chakravarty's impressive study considers the ways in which the Mutiny was imagined and re-imagined by the British, viewing the insurrection not only as a refusal to accept Anglicism and forced assimilation but also as an outright rejection of European modernity...Chakravarty presents an outstanding study of the myth-making surrounding the Mutiny across ninety tense years" - English Studies in Canada Grace Moore, The University of Melbourne

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2005
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521832748
    • length: 260 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.508kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. From chronicle to history
    2. Reform and revision
    3. Romances of empire, Romantic orientalism and Anglo-India: contexts, historical and literary
    4. The 'Mutiny' novel and the historical archive
    5. Counter-insurgency and heroism
    6. Imagining resistance
    Index list.

  • Author

    Gautam Chakravarty, University of Delhi
    Gautam Chakravarty is Reader in the Department of English at the University of Delhi. He is the translator of Jibananananda Das, Short Fiction, 1931-1933 (2001), and has recently translated Kapalakundala by Bankim Chandra Chatterjee (2003).

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