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Romantic Representations of British India

ISBN 9780415651530
Published July 10, 2012 by Routledge
304 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents



  1. General Introduction and [Meta]historical Background [re]presenting 1
  2. ‘The Palanquins of State; or, Broken Leaves in a Mughal Garden’

  3. British-Indian Connections c. 1780 to c. 1830: The Empire of the Officials
  4. Peter Marshall

  5. Torrents, Flames and the Education of Desire: Battling Hindu Superstition
  6. on the London Stage

    Daniel O'Quinn

  7. Between Mimesis and Alterity: Art Gift and Diplomacy in Colonial India 150
  8. Natasha Eaton

  9. Poetic Flowers/Indian Bowers
  10. Tim Fulford

  11. ‘Where … success is certain’? Southey the literary East Indiaman’
  12. Lynda Pratt,

  13. Radically Feminizing India: Phebe Gibbes’s Hartly House, Calcutta (1789)
  14. and Sydney Owenson’s The Missionary: An Indian Tale (1811)

    Michael J. Franklin

  15. Imperial Strains: Shelley and Music
  16. Tilar Mazzeo

  17. ‘Very acute and plausible’: The Reception of Sir William Jones’s
  18. ‘On the Musical Modes of the Hindus’ (1792)

    Bennett Zon


  19. ‘Traveling the Other Way’: The Travels of Mirza Abu Taleb Khan (1810)
  20. and Romantic Orientalism

    Nigel Leask

  21. Orientalism, Militarism and Romanticism: Writing and Rewriting
  22. the History of the British Conquest of India

    Douglas Peers

  23. Orientalism and Religion in the Romantic Period:

Rammohun Ray’s Vedanta(s)

Amit Ray

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'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