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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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Imagining India through Annals and Antiquities of Rajast’han

Imagining India through Annals and Antiquities of Rajast’han

(p.127) Chapter 6 Imagining India through Annals and Antiquities of Rajast’han
British India and Victorian Literary Culture

Máire ní Fhlathúin

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter focuses on representations of Indian agency derived from British scholarship on Indian history and mythology, with particular reference to James Tod’s Annals and Antiquities of Rajasthan. It argues that the narrative richness of Rajasthan and its colourful vision of India’s past contributed to its impact on British readers and writers, while the work also created a narrative space where Indian self-determination could be imagined with less concern for its impact on the contemporary colonial project. The chapter also discusses successive British versions of the story of the Rajput princess Kishen Kower, which becomes an exemplary vehicle for tracing the changing representation of female agency in the literature of British India, and exploring its interactions with British ideas of gender norms and femininity.

Keywords:   James Tod, Annals and Antiquities of Rajasthan, Kishen Kower, Gender, Colonial femininity, Narrative, Agency

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