Indian Angles

Indian Angles

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In Indian Angles, Mary Ellis Gibson provides a new historical approach to Indian English literature. Gibson shows that poetry, not fiction, was the dominant literary genre of Indian writing in English until 1860 and that poetry written in colonial situations can tell us as much or even more about figuration, multilingual literacies, and histories of nationalism than novels can. Gibson recreates the historical webs of affiliation and resistance that were experienced by writers in colonial Indiaa€”writers of British, Indian, and mixed ethnicities. Advancing new theoretical and historical paradigms for reading colonial literatures, Indian Angles makes accessible many writers heretofore neglected or virtually unknown. Gibson recovers texts by British women, by non-elite British men, and by persons who would, in the nineteenth century, have been called Eurasian. Her work traces the mutually constitutive history of English language poets from Sir William Jones to Toru Dutt and Rabindranath Tagore. Drawing on contemporary postcolonial theory, her work also provides new ways of thinking about British internal colonialism as its results were exported to South Asia. In lucid and accessible prose, Gibson presents a new theoretical approach to colonial and postcolonial literatures.In this essay, begun in 1784 and revised many times over the next decade, Jones praised the Indian artistsa#39; way of linking music with ... ascribed to the God NAired himselfa€ demonstrate that the Sanskrit language is a€œequal to Italian in softness and elegancea€ (4:194). ... of miniaturesa€”followed the system of associations of particular ragas or musical modes with seasons, times of day, and particular deities.

Title:Indian Angles
Author:Mary Ellis Gibson
Publisher:Ohio University Press - 2011


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