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Sympathy and India in British literature

Rudd, Andrew:
Sympathy and India in British literature, 1770-1830 / Andrew Rudd. - Houndmills, Basingstoke ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. - x, 216 S. : Ill. - (Palgrave Studies in the Enlightenment, Romanticism and the Cultures of Print)
ISBN 978-0-230-23339-3
US$ 80,00 / £ 50,00
DDC: 820.935854

India was the object of intense sympathetic concern during the Romantic period. But what was the true nature of imaginative engagement with British India in the seminal years between 1770 and 1830? This innovative new study explores how a range of authors, from Edmund Burke and Sir William Jones to Robert Southey and Thomas Moore, sought to come to terms with India's strangeness, mystique and sheer geographical distance from Britain. This book explores the contradictions and complexities entailed in the colonial encounter, which it argues were mediated through imaginative sympathy and the related discourses of sensibility and sentimentalism. It offers specialists and the general reader alike a distinctive retelling of Britain's dealings with India and draws on recent critical interest in sympathy, colonialism and Romantic Orientalism. [Verlagsinformation]

List of Figures. viii
Acknowledgements. ix
Introduction, 1
1. Edmund Burke and the Trial of Warren Hastings. 26
2. 'No Less Pious than Sublime': The Sympathetic Vision of Sir William Jones. 56
3. Sympathy in a Hot Climate: British and Indian Subjects at the Turn of the Century. 87
4. Gothic Sympathy and Missionary Writing. 117
5. Reorienting the Orient: Sympathy, the East and Romantic Period Literary Criticism. 140
Epilogue: Orientalism under Pressure. 165
Notes. 169
Sources. 195
Index. 213

ANDREW RUDD teaches English literature at the Open University, UK. He holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge.

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