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Colonised Gaze? Guidebooks and Journeying in Colonial India

Mukhopadhyay, Aparajita (2014) Colonised Gaze? Guidebooks and Journeying in Colonial India. South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, 37 (4). pp. 656-669. ISSN 0085-6401. (doi:10.1080/00856401.2014.952972) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This article analyses Bengali- and Hindi-language travelogues written by Indian railway travellers in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. While the authors of these texts were influenced by the literary and interpretative sensibilities of European guidebooks of the period, especially English-language railway guides to India, they did not uncritically adopt their colonial discourses. Rather, Indian authors created a distinct narrative, rejecting or appropriating European ideas with discretion, primarily to suit their specific vision of India. I argue that in their writings, Indian authors, like their European counterparts, participated in a process of creating ‘others’, which had fundamental implications for the imagining of colonial Indian society.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/00856401.2014.952972
Subjects: D History General and Old World
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of History
Depositing User: James Farley
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2019 14:44 UTC
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2020 12:00 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/72620 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Mukhopadhyay, Aparajita: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5851-7131
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