Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist

The Indian Mutiny and the British Imagination

Part of Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture

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


Add to wishlist

Other available formats:

Looking for an inspection copy?

This title is not currently available on inspection

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • 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. The book has a broad interdisciplinary appeal and will be of interest to scholars of English literature, British imperial history, modern Indian history and cultural studies.

    • 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
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    '… the book will have an appeal beyond literary scholars among historians and social anthropologists.' The Times Higher Education Supplement

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Date Published: January 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).

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account


Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.