Imperial Women Writers in Victorian India: Representing Colonial Life, 1850-1910.

Bhattacharjee, Shuhita and Agnew, Eadaoin (2019) Imperial Women Writers in Victorian India: Representing Colonial Life, 1850-1910. English literature in transition., 62 (3). pp. 435-441.

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Abstract

This book is about Victorian women’s representations of colonial life in India. These accounts contributed to imperial rule by exemplifying an idealized middle-class femininity and attesting to the Anglicisation of the subcontinent. Writers described familiarly feminine modes of experience, focusing on the domestic environment, household management, the family, hobbies and pastimes, romance and courtship and their busy social lives. However, this book reveals the extent to which their lives in India bore little resemblance to their lives in Britain and suggests that the acclaimed transportation of the home culture was largely an ideological construct iterated by women writers in the service of the Raj. In this way, they subverted the constraints of Victorian gender discourses and were part of a growing proto-feminism.

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Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Indexed in WoS
Subjects: Arts > Liberal arts
Divisions: Department of Liberal Arts
Depositing User: Library Staff
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2019 07:06
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2019 07:06
URI: http://raiith.iith.ac.in/id/eprint/6494
Publisher URL: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-33195-9
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