Written at the time of the Warren Hastings impeachment and set in the period of Hastings's Orientalist government of India, Hartly House, Calcutta (1789) is a dramatic representation of the Anglo-Indian encounter. The novel about India was developed by women writers and Phebe Gibbes's Hartly House, Calcutta is the first important example of this fascinating sub-genre which includes Elizabeth Hamilton's Translations of the Letters of a Hindoo Rajah (1796), and Lady Morgan's (Sydney Owenson's) The Missionary: An Indian Tale (1811).
This novel represents a key document in the literary representation of India and the imperial debate, profoundly challenging pre-existent discourses of colonialism. Beyond offering a radical feminization of India, it introduced an assimilable and sentimentalized version of the Indological scholarship which facilitated Romantic Orientalism in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries and which is currently subject to revisionary analysis by students and critics of postcolonialism and gender studies. From the standpoints of both materialist feminist scholarship and postcolonial theory, Hartly House, Calcutta illustrates the intricate relationships between mercantile capitalism, colonial trade, issues of race, religion, and class, national identity, and British constructions of gender within the colony and the metropolis.
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This new edition, introduced, and heavily annotated by Michael Franklin, should be welcomed by both literary scholars and historians. Maya Jasanoff, London Review of Books [an] excellent new edition of Gibbes's novel... Michael Franklin's introduction and extensive notes are both exemplary. TLS
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Descrizione libro Oxford University Press, U.S.A., 2007. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Ex-library. Codice libro della libreria 032981
Descrizione libro Oxford University Press, U.S.A., 2007. Hard Cover. Condizione libro: Near Fine. Condizione sovraccoperta: Near Fine. First Oxford Edition. pp.222 First written in 1789 these writings are a key document in the literary representation of India and the Imperial debate, profoundly challenging pre-existent dicourses of colonialism. clean tight copy slight edge and corner wear to d/j with some bumping to corner boards and top/bottom spines - scarce/out of print Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Codice libro della libreria 019821