Representations of India, 1740 - 1840

The creation of India in the Colonial Imagination

Amal Chatterjee

(Macmillan UK & St Martin's Press USA, 1998)

This book considers how writing in that century justified and was affected by the Cover of Representations of Indiaintroduction and extension of British domination of India, thus demonstrating the link between writing and the ideological, economic and political climate and debates. It proposes that initial interest in the great wealth gained in India by 'Nabobs' was gradually concealed behind ideas of military, social, religious and racial superiority, thus laying the foundations for the Victorian excuse of a 'civilising mission'. Drawing a range of fiction and non-fiction, it analyses examples of representations of Britons in India (traders, soldiers and administrators), Indian religion and religious practices (religion itself, and the practices of Sati and 'Thuggee'), and Indian society, government and rulers (with a separate study of Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan). By doing so, this book fills the gap between the early colonial 'exotic East' and the later 'primitive subject nation' perceptions.

Macmillan UK
Hardback ISBN 0-333-68942-9
St Martin's Press USA
Hardcover ISBN 0-312-21145-7

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