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Reading the Animal in the Literature of the British Raj

Rajamannar, Shefali:
Reading the Animal in the Literature of the British Raj / Shefali Rajamannar ; foreword by James R. Kincaid. - Houndmills, Basingstoke ; New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. - xix, 212 S. : Ill.
ISBN 978-0-230-11449-4
£ 55,00 / US$ 85,00
DDC: 820.93620954

Reading the Animal in the Literature of the British Raj explores representations of animals during British rule in India - the tigers, elephants, boars, furs, and feathers that sometimes all but obscured the human beneath and behind them, and that were integral in the creation and maintenance of the hierarchies of colonialism. The book exists on two levels: one offers a sophisticated view of how power and oppression work within constellations of species, race, class, gender, and nationhood, and the other is a deeply suggestive meditation on our humanness and how we locate it within a spectrum of relations. Drawing on a range of texts including hunting narratives, stories, poetry, novels, photographs, journals, paintings, and cartoons, the argument builds with a lucid and beautifully unobtrusive feel for the telling example. [Macmillan]

List of Illustrations. ix
Foreword by James R. Kincaid. xi
Acknowledgments. xv
Glossary. xvii
1. Introduction: Why the Animal? Or, Can the Subaltern Roar, and Other Risky Questions. Some Theoretical Frameworks. 1
2. Animals, Children, and Street Urchins. 17
3. Herein the British Nimrod May View a New and Arduous Species of the Chase: Hunting narratives and the British Raj, 1757–1857. 29
4. Our Rightful Claim to Superiority as a Dominant Race: Hunting narratives and the British Raj, 1857–1947. 69
5. Animals, Humans, and Natural Laws: Kipling and Forster. 129
6. Making Kingdoms Out of Beasts. 155
Notes. 177
Illustration Credits. 189
Bibliography. 191
Index. 201


SHEFALI RAJAMANNAR teaches Advanced Writing in the Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, where she was formerly the associate director of the Writing Program. She taught British literature in the Department of English at Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi for a decade. Profile page.

Quellen: Palgrave; Amazon (UK); Macmillan; WorldCat

Rajamannar: Reading the Animal in the Literature of the British Raj, 2012