The Madras School of Orientalism

Hardcover | January 1, 2010

EditorThomas R. Trautmann

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'Madras School of Orientalism' (MSO) refers to a school of scholarship emanating from certain intellectual projects of early nineteenth century south India. This book explores new ideas on India's history and culture that were coming out of the Madras School of Orientalism-the projectsundertaken in language, history, religion and law, the concerned Indian intellectuals. Orientalist study of south India constituted a distinctive school, which modelled itself upon the Calcutta Asiatic Society but claimed that Calcutta Orientalists did not understand the peculiarities of southIndia, and hence made generalizations about India that were faulty. The volume has contributions from very well-known academics like T.R. Trautmann, Nicholas Dirks, Phillip Wagoner, Sylvia Vatuk, Donald Davis, and A.R.Venkatachalapathy. It contains 24 illustrations which includes figures and maps.The introduction by Trautmann succinctly contextualizes the ideas and activities of the Madras school.

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'Madras School of Orientalism' (MSO) refers to a school of scholarship emanating from certain intellectual projects of early nineteenth century south India. This book explores new ideas on India's history and culture that were coming out of the Madras School of Orientalism-the projectsundertaken in language, history, religion and law, ...

Thomas R. Trautmann is Professor, Department of History at the University of Michigan.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:343 pagesPublished:January 1, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Preface and AcknowledgementsThomas R. Trautmann: IntroductionSection I: Projects1. Nicholas B. Dirks: Colin Mackenzie: Autobiography of an Archive2. Sylvia Vatuk: Islamic Learning at the College of Fort St George in Nineteenth-century Madras3. Jennifer Howes: Colin Mackenzie, the Madras School of Orientalism, and Investigations at MahabalipuramSection II: Indian Intellectuals4. A.R. Venkatachalapathy: 'Grammar, the Frame of Language': Tamil Pandits at the College of Fort St. George5. Rama Sundari Mantena: The Kavali Brothers: Intellectual Life in Early Colonial Madras6. Lisa Mitchell: Knowing the Deccan: Enquiries, Points, and Poets in the Construction of Knowledge and Power in Early-Nineteenth-century Southern India7. Phillip B. Wagoner: From Manuscript to Archive to Print: The Mackenzie Collection and Later Telugu Literary HistoriographySection III: Language in South India8. Bhavani Raman: Tamil Munshis and Kacceri Tamil under the Company's Document Raj in Early-Nineteenth-Century Madras9. Sascha Ebeling: The College of Fort St George and the Transformation of Tamil Philology during the Nineteenth CenturySection IV: Objects of Study: Histories of Religion, Law, and Land10. Leslie Orr: Orientalists, Missionaries, and Jains: The South Indian Story11. Donald R. Davis Jr.: Law in the Mirror of Language: The Madras School of Orientalism on Hindu Law12. Thomas R. Trautmann: Riot over Ryotwar