Colonial Voices: The Discourses of Empire

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John Wiley & Sons, Feb 28, 2012 - Literary Criticism - 263 pages
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This accessible cultural history explores 400 years of British imperial adventure in India, developing a coherent narrative through a wide range of colonial documents, from exhibition catalogues to memoirs and travelogues. It shows how these texts helped legitimize the moral ambiguities of colonial rule even as they helped the English fashion themselves.

  • An engaging examination of European colonizers’ representations of native populations
  • Analyzes colonial discourse through an impressive range of primary sources, including memoirs, letters, exhibition catalogues, administrative reports, and travelogues
  • Surveys 400 years of India’s history, from the 16th century to the end of the British Empire
  • Demonstrates how colonial discourses naturalized the racial and cultural differences between the English and the Indians, and controlled anxieties over these differences
  

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Contents

Chapter 1 Introducing Colonial Discourse
1
Chapter 2 Travel Exploration and Discovery From Imagination to Inquiry
12
Chapter 3 The Discourse of Difference Constructing the Colonial Exotic
55
Chapter 4 Empire Management From Domestication to Spectacle
104
Chapter 5 Civilizing the Empire The Ideology of Moral and Material Progress
161
Chapter 6 Aesthetic Understanding From Colonial English to Imperial Cosmopolitans
201
References
235
Index
261
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About the author (2012)

Pramod K. Nayar is a member of the English Faculty at the University of Hyderabad, India. He has been Smuts Visiting Fellow in Commonwealth Studies at the University of Cambridge, the Charles Wallace India Trust–British Council Fellow at the University of Kent at Canterbury and Fulbright Senior Fellow at Cornell University. His many publications include States of Sentiment: Exploring the Cultures of Emotion (2011), An Introduction to New Media and Cybercultures (2010), Postcolonialism: A Guide for the Perplexed (2010), English Writing and India, 1600–1920: Colonizing Aesthetics (2008), and Writing Wrongs: The Cultural Construction of Human Rights in India (2012). Forthcoming is a book on new media.

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