Eastern Figures: Orient and Empire in British Writing by Douglas Kerr

By Douglas Kerr

Jap Figures is a literary historical past with a distinction. It examines British writing concerning the East – targeted on India yet radiating so far as Egypt and the Pacific – within the colonial and postcolonial interval. It takes as its topic "the East" that was once actual to the British mind's eye, mostly the construction of writers who defined and informed tales approximately it, descriptions and tales colored via the adventure of empire and its aftermath.

It is daring in its scope, with a centre of gravity within the paintings of writers like Stevenson, Kipling, Conrad, and Orwell, but additionally protecting much less recognized literary authors, and together with Anglo-Indian romance writing, the stories and memoirs of directors, and go back and forth writing from Auden and Isherwood in China to Redmond O'Hanlon in Borneo. jap Figures produces a historical past of this writing via taking a look at a sequence of "figures" or tropes of illustration wherein successive writers sought to symbolize the East and the British event of it – tropes akin to exploring the hinterland, going local, and the determine of rule itself.

Eastern Figures is obtainable to a person attracted to the literary and cultural heritage of empire and its aftermath. will probably be of especial curiosity to scholars and students of colonial and postcolonial writing, because it increases problems with identification and illustration, strength and data, and centrally the query of the way to symbolize folks. It has unique rules and methods to provide experts in literary background of the 19th and 20th centuries, cultural historians, and researchers in colonial discourse research, postcolonial reviews, and Asian zone reports and historical past. it's also geared toward scholars in classes in literature and empire, tradition and imperialism, and cross-cultural reviews.

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Charles E. Trevelyan, On the Education of the People of India (London: Longman, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1838), 192, 193. The case for reform as the alternative to revolution had been argued exhaustively in the domain of domestic politics, in the decade that saw the passing of the first Reform Bill (1832). 21. Charles Wentworth Dilke, Greater Britain: A Record of Travel in English Speaking Countries, 8th ed. (London: Macmillan, 1869), 547. 22. Charles E. Trevelyan, On the Education of the People of India, 196.

Eric Hobsbawm, The Age of Empire 1875–1914 (London: Cardinal, 1989), 71. ’13 An increasing interference in people’s lives could lead to estrangement and bitter resentment, of the kind that fuelled the rebellion in India in 1857. Late in the nineteenth century, in the Pacific islands, Robert Louis Stevenson was frank about the effects of Western interference on indigenous populations. ‘Upon the whole, the problem seems to me to stand thus: Where there have been fewest changes, important or unimportant, salutary or hurtful, there the race survives.

Trevelyan, On the Education of the People of India (London: Longman, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1838), 192, 193. The case for reform as the alternative to revolution had been argued exhaustively in the domain of domestic politics, in the decade that saw the passing of the first Reform Bill (1832). 21. Charles Wentworth Dilke, Greater Britain: A Record of Travel in English Speaking Countries, 8th ed. (London: Macmillan, 1869), 547. 22. Charles E. Trevelyan, On the Education of the People of India, 196.

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