The Indian Mutiny and the British Imagination by Gautam ChakravartyThe Indian Mutiny and the British Imagination by Gautam Chakravarty

The Indian Mutiny and the British Imagination

byGautam Chakravarty

Hardcover | March 7, 2005

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Gautam Chakravarty explores representations of the Indian Mutiny of 1857 in British popular fiction and historiography and within the wider context of British involvement in India. Drawing on diaries, autobiographies and state papers, Chakravarty demonstrates how narratives of the rebellion were inflected by the concerns of colonial policy and the demands of imperial self-image. The book has a broad interdisciplinary appeal.
Gautam Chakravarty is Reader in the Department of English at the University of Delhi. He is the translator of Jibananananda Das, Short Fiction, 1931-1933 (2001), and has recently translated Kapalakundala by Bankim Chandra Chatterjee (2003).
Title:The Indian Mutiny and the British ImaginationFormat:HardcoverDimensions:260 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.75 inPublished:March 7, 2005Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521832748

ISBN - 13:9780521832748


Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Glossary; Introduction; 1. From chronicle to history; 2. Reform and revision; 3. Romances of empire, Romantic orientalism and Anglo-India: contexts, historical and literary; 4. The 'Mutiny' novel and the historical archive; 5. Counter-insurgency and heroism; 6. Imagining resistance; Epilogue; Notes; Bibliography; Index list.

Editorial Reviews

"Chakravarty's impressive study considers the ways in which the Mutiny was imagined and re-imagined by the British, viewing the insurrection not only as a refusal to accept Anglicism and forced assimilation but also as an outright rejection of European modernity...Chakravarty presents an outstanding study of the myth-making surrounding the Mutiny across ninety tense years" - English Studies in Canada Grace Moore, The University of Melbourne