Negotiating the landscape: travel, transaction and the mapping of colonial India

Tickell, Alex (2004). Negotiating the landscape: travel, transaction and the mapping of colonial India. Yearbook of English Studies, 34 pp. 18–30.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.2307/3509481

URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3509481

Abstract

This essay examines the journals and associated technical travel-narratives produced as part of the Great Arc survey -a colonial project which formed the basis for the mapping of India in the nineteenth century. Drawing primarily on R. H. Phillimore's four-volume Historical Records of the Survey of India, my paper discusses representions of the process of 'worlding' the terrain of the colony and concentrates on instances in which Indians countermanded or renarrated the geographical survey.

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