This book examines interactions between Britain and India through the analytical framework of the production and circulation of knowledge throughout the long eighteenth century. Disciplined Subjects is one of the first works to analyse the imperial school curriculum, and the ways in which it shaped and influenced Indian subjectivity. The author focuses on the endeavours of the colonial government, missionaries and native stakeholders in determining the physical, material and intellectual content of institutional learning in India. Further, the volume compares the changes in pedagogical practices, and textbooks in schools in Britain and colonial Bengal, and its subsequent repercussions on the psyche and identity of the learners.
Drawing on a host of primary sources in the UK and India, this volume will be of great interest to scholars and researchers of modern history, education, sociology and South Asian studies.
Table of Contents
Introduction PART I 1. Historical Insights of Education in Colonial Bengal, 1757-1911 2. Schooling the Mind – In the Metropole and the Colony PART II 3. Content and Context of Textbooks in Britain 4. Content and Context of Textbooks in Bengal PART III 5. Popular Representations of the Educated Bengali Babu. Conclusion. Bibliography.
Sutapa Dutta teaches at the Department of English at Gargi College, University of Delhi, India. She has completed a two-year fellowship at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS), Shimla, India and has a Ph. D in English Literature from Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. Her research interests and publications are focused on eighteenth and nineteenth-century writings and issues relating to education, gender identity and representation in colonial India.