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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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Transformations of India after the Indian Mutiny

Transformations of India after the Indian Mutiny

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(p.154) Chapter 7 Transformations of India after the Indian Mutiny
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British India and Victorian Literary Culture
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Máire ní Fhlathúin

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640683.003.0008

This chapter explores British responses to the events of the Indian Mutiny/Rebellion of 1857, and to the rise of Bengal nationalism towards the end of the nineteenth century. This period is characterised by a British turning away from both ‘home’ and indigenous India and towards an insular colonial mindset. An examination of some representative texts shows that at the same time, the literature of the colony engages in a set of transformative narratives of India and the British role in India. The tropes and themes of depictions of India in the earlier pre-Mutiny period are now co-opted and turned to the depiction of British heroism and British sacrifice, in a process which also involves the incorporation of aspects of a stereotypically Indian character into an evolving ideal figure of British colonial rule, whose femininity makes it paradoxically impossible for her to be accorded a place in the male-dominated society of the colony.

Keywords:   Indian Mutiny, Bengal nationalism, Heroism, Sacrifice, Femininity, Adaptation

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