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Reading India

Mishra, V. (1998) Reading India. Canadian Literature, 157 . pp. 129-131.

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Abstract

We continue to be fascinated by Western readings of India. Once the debates were about Indomania versus Indophobia, then it became a question of colonial dispatches and what they said about British rule, and finally, after further refinements of historical themes (Eric Stokes’s work is exemplary here) the interest moved to questions of representation. Postcolonial theory has, in turn, brought to our readings of India alternative ways of exploring adversarial as well as complicit moments in the creation of Empire. The books I have before me are recent attempts to tell the story of India (or to speak about Indian encounters) that combine scholarship with a high level of self-consciousness about cultural sensibilities and the position from which one speaks about the "other."

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Publisher: University of British Columbia Law Review Society
Publishers Website: http://canlit.ca/reviews/reading_india
Notes: Books in Review: • Lawrence A. Babb (Editor) and Susan S. Wadley (Editor) Media and the Transformation of Religion in South Asia. University of Pennsylvania Press • Saskia Kersenboom (Author) Word, Sound, Image: The Life of the Tamil Text. Berg Publishers
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/13433
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