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By Jyotsna Singh

Breaking floor in post-colonial stories, Colonial Narratives/Cultural Dialogues explores the west's dating to the historical past of British colonialism in the context of cultural reports. Jyotsna Singh highlights the interconnections among early glossy colonial encounters, later manifestations within the Raj and their lingering impression within the postcolonial Indian country. She examines the assumptions implicit in representations of colonialism and questions the validity of eyewitness money owed and unmediated reviews. Singh combines reputable, formal narratives utilized in India and the unofficial, casual debts of dissonant voices. one of the texts thought of listed here are reports of Shakespearean productions in colonial Calcutta and postcolonial, Indo-Anglian novels; 17th century trip narratives approximately India; eighteenth century "nabob" texts; letters of Sir William Jones, the Orientalist; and East India corporation petitions.

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According to several historians, Europeans of the seventeenth century lived in a world where the written word had an established cultural hegemony and was also seen as a pragmatic vehicle of communication. 15 Bernard Cohn, for instance, explains this process in the context of seventeenth-century India as follows: COLONIAL BEGINNINGS 27 Meaning for the English was something attributed to a word, a phrase or an object, which could be determined and translated, hopefully with a synonym which had a direct referent to something in what the English thought of as a “natural” world.

In describing Coryate as a historian, I draw on Hayden White’s formulation of the “rhetoric of history” (1978:101–19). See Greenblatt 1991:54–115, for his subtle analysis of the fictions that went into the making of Mandeville’s “identity,” vividly illustrating how travel writers like Coryate were heavily invested in creating fictional personas. For Mandeville’s Travels, see Letts 1953. In suggesting “connections between travel writing and forms of knowledge,” particularly during the Enlightenment, Mary Louise Pratt (1992) defines one European strategy of representation as “anticonquest” (6–7).

The Tragicall History of Christopher Marlowe, Vols I and II. Hamden, Connecticut: Archon Books, 1964. Clifford, James. ” In Writing Culture: The Poetics and Politics of Ethnography. Ed. Marcus. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1986:1–86. Cohn, Bernard S. ” In Subaltern Studies: Writings on South Asian History and Society, Vol. IV. Ed. Ranajit Guha. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1985:276–329. Coriate, Thomas. Traveller for the English Wits: Greeting from the Court of the Great Mogul.

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