New Readings in the Literature of British India, c.1780-1947

Towheed, Shafquat ed. (2007). New Readings in the Literature of British India, c.1780-1947. Studies in English Literatures, Koray Melikoglu (ed.), 9. Stuttgart, Germany: Ibidem Verlag.



The twelve contributors to this book amply demonstrate the richness, vitality and complexity of the colonial transactions between Britain and India over the last two centuries, and they do so by approaching the topic from a specific perspective: by interpreting the rubric “new readings” as broadly, creatively and productively as possible. They cover a wide range of literary responses and genres: eighteenth century drama, the Gothic novel, verse, autobiography, history, religious writing, journalism, women’s memoirs, travel writing, popular fiction, and the modernist novel. Brought together in one volume, these essays offer a small, but representative sample of the multifaceted literary and cultural traffic between Britain and India in the colonial period. In the richness and diversity of the various contributors’ strategies and interpretations, these “new readings” urge us to return once again to texts that we think we know, as well as to explore those that we do not, with a freshly renewed sense of their complexity, immediacy, and relevance.

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  • Item ORO ID
  • 8828
  • Item Type
  • Edited Book
  • ISBN
  • 3-89821-673-X, 978-3-89821-673-9
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  • Contents:
    Introduction: Shafquat Towheed (IES, University of London and The Open University).

    1.'Colonialism, Slavery and Religion on Stage: Late-Eighteenth Century Women Dramatists, the Hastings Trial and the Making of British India.' Marianna D’Ezio (University of California, Rome Study Center and the University of Perugia).

    2. 'India as Gothic Horror: Maturin’s Melmoth the Wanderer and Images of Juggernaut in Early Nineteenth-Century Missionary Writing.' Andrew Rudd (Trinity College, Cambridge)

    3. 'Intrepid Traveller, “She-Merchant”, or Colonialist Historiographer: Reading Eliza Fay’s Original Letters.'
    Nira Gupta-Casale (Kean University)

    4.'The British Woman Traveller in India: Cultural Intimacy and Interracial Sisterhood in Fanny Parks’s Wanderings of a Pilgrim in Search of the Picturesque.' Nandini Sengupta (Syracuse University).

    5. 'Inconsequential Lives: The Voyage Out and Anglo-Indian fictions of Voyaging and Domesticity.' Pia Mukherji (Tufts University)

    6. 'Remade Womanhoods, Refashioned Modernities: The Construction of “Good Womanhood” in An Nisa, an early Twentieth-Century Women’s Magazine in Urdu.'
    Rekha Pande, Viqar Atiya and K.C. Bindu (Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad)

    7. 'Abul A’ala Mawdudi: British India and the Politics of Popular Islamic Texts' Masood Ashraf Raja (Kent State University).

    8. 'Memoirs of Maharanis: The Politics of Marriage, Companionship and Love in Late-Colonial Princely India.'
    Angma Dey Jhala (Christ Church College, Oxford)

    9. 'The Reception of Marie Corelli in India.'
    Prodosh Bhattacharya (Jadavpur University, Kolkata)

    10. '“The Sahib try to kiss me”: the construction of the queer subaltern in J. R. Ackerley’s Hindoo Holiday.'
    Shafquat Towheed (The Open University)

    11. 'Cultural Contestations in the literary marketplace: Reading Raja Rao’s Kanthapura (1938) and Aubrey Menen’s The Prevalence of Witches (1947).'
    Ruvani Ranasinha (Brunel University, London)

    12. 'Casualty of War, Casualty of Empire: Mulk Raj Anand in England.' Kristin Bluemel (Monmouth University)
  • Keywords
  • Postcolonial Literature and Criticism; Britain and India, c.1780-1947; Indo-Anglian writing; Reading and Reception; Critical Theory; Comparative Literature; Cultural Studies.
  • Academic Unit or School
  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities > English & Creative Writing
    Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities
    Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
  • Research Group
  • Postcolonial and Global Literatures Research Group (PGL)
    History of Books and Reading (HOBAR)
  • Depositing User
  • Shafquat Towheed