1st Edition

Lakshmi’s Footprints and Paisley Patterns Perspectives on Scoto-Indian Literary and Cultural Interrelations

Edited By Bashabi Fraser, Deb Narayan Bandyopadhyay Copyright 2024

    Lakshmi’s Footprints and Paisley Patterns: Perspectives on Scoto-Indian Literary and Cultural Interrelationships is a unique collection of essays that comprehensively discusses the nature of interrelationship of India and Scotland spread over the last two centuries.

    It covers areas such as nature writing with an emphasis on Alexander Hamilton and Patrick Geddes, role of the formative history of Scottish Churches College, Disruption Movement in Scotland and Calcutta, rise of surveillance literature, dichotomy of Homeland and Hostland, Vidyasagar and Scottish transactions, Scottish missionary movement in Kalimpong, Scottish war literature, and interface of Scottish and Indian legal systems.

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    1. Foreword

    Ian Brown

    2. Introduction

    Bashabi Fraser and Debnarayan Bandyopadhyay

    3. ‘Webs of Significance: Rammohun Roy and Dwarkanath Tagore  

    Kathryn Simpson

    4. “When you see millions of mouthless dead”: Scottish Poetry ofthe Great War (1914-18)

    Argha Kumar Banerjee

    5. A Cakewalk between Asansol and Dundee: Material Manifestations of A Colonial Thirdspace in a Bengali Industrial Town

    Santanu Banerjee, Suvojit Chatterjee Edward Hollis and Hemonta Mondal

    6. From Alexander Hamilton to Patrick Geddes: New Nature Writing and India

    Debarati Bandyopadhyay

    7. The Ambivalence of Tolerance: William Wilson Hunter and the Rise of Surveillance Literature in Colonial Bengal

    Pritam Mukherjee

    8. Telling the Tale of the Garden Zoological: Exploring Scottish Animal Stories of Andrew Lang through an Ecological Lens

    Ritushree Sengupta

    9. The Scottish Church College and the Scots Missionaries: Continuities and Influences

    Kaberi Chatterjee

    10. The Kinetic Mission of Kalimpong: The Enduring Mission of Rev Dr John Anderson Graham and Dr Graham’s Homes in the History of Scottish Foreign Missions

    Subhadeep Paul

    11. Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar and Scottish Transactions in Nineteenth-Century Bengal

    Nandini Bhattacharya

    12. The Transnational Poet: Re-negotiating the Dichotomy ofHomeland and Hostland

    Bashabi Fraser

    13. “Disruptions”: Rise of Free Church of Scotland and its Impacton Bengali Intelligentsia in the Nineteenth Century

    Deb Narayan Bandyopadhyay

    14. David Hare and Patrick Geddes: The Scottish Legacy in Bengal

    Saptarshi Mallick

    15. Of Rights to Expression & Information under the Indian andScottish Legal Systems: A Comparative Analysis

    Subir Kumar Roy and Jayanta Kumar Saha


    Bashabi Fraser is Professor Emerita of English and Creative Writing and Director of Scottish Centre of Tagore Studies (ScoTs), Edinburgh Napier University; Honorary Fellow, Centre for South Asian Studies, University of Edinburgh; Honorary Fellow and Honorary Vice President of the Association of Literary Studies (ALS), Scotland and an associate Royal Literary Fund Fellow and Professor Emerita at Bankura University, West Bengal, India. Bashabi is an award winning poet, children’s writer, editor and academic.

    Deb Narayan Bandyopadhyay is the Vice Chancellor of Bankura University, West Bengal, India. He is also the Secretary of the Indian Association of Scottish Studies. He has published and co-edited many scholarly books, and is the author of innumerable papers. He is also the international contributing editor of the Journal of American History (Indiana, USA). He is the Honorary Professorial Fellow, Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts, University of Wollongong, Australia.