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Máire ní Fhlathúin

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748640683

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640683.001.0001

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European Nationalism and British India

European Nationalism and British India

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(p.95) Chapter 4 European Nationalism and British India
Source:
British India and Victorian Literary Culture
Author(s):

Máire ní Fhlathúin

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640683.003.0005

This short chapter sketches the moment of preoccupation with emerging nationalism in India as well as in Europe at the beginning of the nineteenth century, when an incipient discourse of Indian nationalism appears in British writing, albeit in limited and evanescent form. It argues that this discourse draws on the mainstream literary tradition of Western Europe, but also on the indigenous historical, mythological and literary narratives of India, and the writers’ own lived experience of the country, and their apprehension of the particular socio-economic and political forces driving British interactions with and representations of India.

Keywords:   European nationalism, Indian nationalism, Literary tradition

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