304 pages | 10 B/W Illus.
Michael J. Franklin's Romantic Representations of British India is a timely study of the impact of Orientalist knowledge upon British culture during the Romantic period. The subject of the book is not so much India, but the British cultural understanding of India, particularly between 1750 and 1850. Franklin opens up new areas of investigation in Romantic-period culture, as those texts previously located in the ghetto of ‘Anglo-Indian writing’ are restored to a central place in the wider field of Romanticism. The essays within this collection cover a wide range of topics and are written by an impressive troupe of contributors including P.J. Marshall, Anne Mellor, and Nigel Leask. Students and academics involved with literary studies and history will find this book extremely useful, though musicologists and historians of science and of religion will also make good use of the book, as will those interested in questions of gender, race, and colonialism.
'At the heart of this excellent collection of eclectic essays is the idea that there was no European monopoly on the representation of India… This book suggests that every representation is a misrepresentation, and the difficulty in capturing the British-Indian encounter over the length of the British occupation of the vast and multi-faceted subcontinent ensures the truth of that statement…This book provides an intriguing collection of disaparate specialised views on the British-Indian relationship between 1780 and 1850.' - David O'Shaughnessy, The Review of English Studies
‘The Palanquins of State; or, Broken Leaves in a Mughal Garden’
on the London Stage
and Sydney Owenson’s The Missionary: An Indian Tale (1811)
Michael J. Franklin
‘On the Musical Modes of the Hindus’ (1792)
and Romantic Orientalism
the History of the British Conquest of India
Rammohun Ray’s Vedanta(s)