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Out of BoundsAnglo-Indian Literature and the Geography of Displacement$
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Alan Johnson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780824834838

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824834838.001.0001

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Colonial Space, Anglo-Indian Perspectives

Colonial Space, Anglo-Indian Perspectives

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(p.1) Introduction Colonial Space, Anglo-Indian Perspectives
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Out of Bounds
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Alan Johnson

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824834838.003.0001

This introductory chapter elaborates on the core argument of this volume: that the larger British-Indian attitude toward both the natural and built environments of the Indian subcontinent is, in its literary expression, profoundly conflicted and therefore deeply revealing of colonial fixations and uncertainties. This had occurred during a time of change in Europe, when it witnessed technological innovations that compressed space and accelerated time, and moreover had profound implications for its writers' self-identity in the context of colonialism. Europe, as both idea and place, was never a region separable from its colonies, particularly so in the case of British India. Britain inserted its own perturbations and ideals into these “Eastern” representations, infusing them with corresponding degrees of derangement and idealized sentiment. Thus the chapter shows how these mixed ideas of India owed much to Britain's own anxieties concerning its demographic transformation and its geopolitical position in the world.

Keywords:   colonialism, British India, Europe, India, Britain, Eastern representations, British anxieties, Indian spatiality, Rudyard Kipling

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