English Writing and India, 1600–1920: Colonizing Aesthetics by Pramod K. Nayar

By Pramod K. Nayar

This e-book explores the formations and configurations of British colonial discourse on India via a studying of prose narratives of the 1600-1920 interval.

Arguing that colonial discourse frequently trusted aesthetic units which will describe and assert a level of narrative keep watch over over Indian panorama, Pramod Nayar demonstrates how aesthetics supplied a vocabulary and representational modes for the British to build specific pictures of India.

Looking particularly on the aesthetic modes of the marvellous, the huge, the chic, the picturesque and the luxuriant, Nayar marks the shift within the rhetoric – from the exploration narratives from the age of mercantile exploration to that of the ‘shikar’ memoirs of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century’s severe unique. English Writing and India presents an incredible new learn of colonial aesthetics, at the same time it extends present scholarship at the modes of early British representations of latest lands and cultures.

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However, Terry also suggests that such an arrangement of the houses encourages voyeurism and moral depravity. As an example he cites the story of David and Bathsheba, and suggests that it was David’s sighting of Bathsheba from the roof of his house that led to the problems. Terry (1655: 189–90) thus links the physical topography with a moral one and iconoclastically deflates the value of native architecture. John Fryer’s attention is drawn to the prevalence of elephantiasis in the St Thomas Mount area of Madras city.

The eye-witnessing supposedly makes the narration authentic, and the ‘decoding’ of events renders them 22 Marvellous difficulty non-threatening when the traveller resolves the darkness and mystery of India. Such a resolution, I shall demonstrate, often took the form of a theologically determined interpretation of India’s excesses. John Fryer (1698: 39) creates an air of mystery and backwardness around Indian religion when he describes Hindu temples thus: ‘The work is inimitably durable, the biggest closed up with arches continually shut .

The person who stays at home explores distant worlds through the microscope or the telescope. The person who 26 Marvellous difficulty actually travels also speaks of the right ‘perspective’ in which to view India (as noted of Herbert’s Preface). For this to happen, travel and knowledge needed to follow a planned, systematic itinerary of journey, exploration and narration. The information had to be provided in the right format, catalogued, explained and organized for both pleasure and knowledge.

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