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Freedom and Beef Steaks explores path-breaking debates to do with the literary, with identity, and with cultural authenticity in nineteenth-century Calcutta--- debates arising from the flux of creative and critical work in that period. The seven essays collected in this book range across a diverse field of interests that have been, so far, under-researched. Crucial to our understanding of the making of modern Indian culture in a particular location, these are issues that uncover the complexity of the postcolonial field and further extend its scope. A humorous poem written by Henry Meredith Parker (1796–1868) about the newly educated youth of Calcutta is used to frame debates for and against meat-eating as the issue played itself out against the backdrop of a developing Indian nationalism. A closer look at the political poetry written by a radical iconoclast such as Derozio reveals the communal stereotyping of the ‘Muslim’ as Other—representations in keeping with British historiographical orthodoxies of the time. Scrutinising early letters written to the Calcutta Journal in 1819 about the community’s thoughts on naming and defining itself, Rosinka Chaudhuri also deals with the early history of the Anglo-Indians.Printed Pages: 228. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 101863
Inhaltsangabe: Nineteenth century in Calcutta was emblematic of several personal acts of defiance lived out in the daily lives of a legion of ordinary men and women who sought to be true to the spirit of the age. Freedom and Beef Steaks explores path breaking debates to do with the literary, with identity, and with cultural authenticity in nineteenth-century Bengal. The themes in this book arising from the creative and critical work in that period.
There are seven essays collected in this book. They cover a range of issues that have been little look at so far but crucial to our understanding of the making of modern Indian culture in a particular location, these are issues that uncover the complexity of the postcolonial field and further extend its scope.
A poem written in 1831 by an English poet in India, Henry Meredith Parker (1796-1868), about the educated youth of Calcutta, is used to frame the debates for and against meat-eating in the continuing context of Indian nationalism as it developed across a century.
A closer look at the political poetry written by a radical iconoclast such as Henry Derozio, reveals the communal stereotyping of the Muslim as Other, representations that were very much in keeping with British historiographical orthodoxies of the time.
The author deals with the early history of the mixed-race community in India, the Anglo-Indians, by scrutinising early letters written to the Calcutta Journal in 1819 about the community s thoughts on naming and defining itself.
From problems of modernist readings of Milton, and Bengal s greatest nineteenth-century poet, Madhusudan Datta, to an investigation into how the teleological time of history is configured in individual works by three poets (Derozio, Ishwar Gupta and Antony Firingi) in unsettling and contradictory ways, the chapters in this book open up a new way of looking at a cultural history.
In an important chapter on certain subalternist historians (mis)readings of Tagore, the author investigates the place of the relation of history and literature in history-writing today.
The volume also explores the changing modes of everyday cultural experience in the colonial city, in the shifting representations of the drawing room in the culture of upper- and middle-class Bengal.
This is a valuable book for students and scholars of literature, cultural studies and colonial studies.
About the Author: Rosinka Chaudhuri is Fellow in Cultural Studies at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta (CSSSC). She has published Gentlemen Poets in Colonial Bengal: Emergent Nationalism and the Orientalist Project, Derozio, Poet of India: The Definitive Edition, and (co-edited with Elleke Boehmer) The Indian Postcolonial: A Critical Reader.
Titel: Freedom and Beef Steaks: Colonial Calcutta ...
Verlag: Orient BlackSwan
Zustand des Schutzumschlags: New
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