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India in the French imagination : peripheral voices, 1754-1815 /
by Kate Marsh.
imprint
London ; Brookfield, VT : Pickering & Chatto, 2009.
description
x, 211 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
1851969942 (Cloth), 9781851969944 (Cloth)
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imprint
London ; Brookfield, VT : Pickering & Chatto, 2009.
isbn
1851969942 (Cloth)
9781851969944 (Cloth)
contents note
The French presence in India between 1754 and 1815: From 'beaux jours du gouvernement de Dupleix' to annihilation? -- Constructing India as Other: Fiction, travelogues and ambassadors -- Emasculating India: The Indienne, feminization and female writers -- Mythical India -- Historical India: Narratives of the past -- The Philosophes, 'Anticolonialism' and the rule of the British East India Company.
language note
Includes sources in French and translations from the French.
catalogue key
6810586
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 189-206) and index.
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'Utilizing postcolonial theory to understand the importance of India to France, intellectually and politically, is something that Marsh does particularly well, and her focus on the intersections between history and fiction will appeal to historians and other social scientists typically unconvinced by the importance of the imagination to historical subjects.'
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Empire Studies, Cultural Studies
Main Description
This book examines metropolitan French-language representations of India from the period between the recall of Dupleix to France, which effectively curtailed French expansionist policies in India, to the Second Treaty of Paris, which confirmed the territorial settlement of 1763 and France's subordinate position to Britain. Marsh explores how a European power, territorially peripheral in India, conceived of both India and the administrative rule there of its rival, Britain.For the French, the image of India had a polyvalent nature, functioning both as a trope of exoticism and as a site that was inescapably imbued with expansionist failure and the concomitant success of la perfide Albion. Employing a comparative approach, and questioning the colonizer-versus-colonized binary which persists within colonial discourse analysis, Marsh posits a triangular discursive relationship between Britain, France and India. Challenging the grand narrative of the British imperial conquest of India, she explores the consequences for French culture of competing colonialisms on the Indian subcontinent.
Main Description
This book examines metropolitan French-language representations of India from the period between the recall of Dupleix to France, which effectively curtailed French expansionist policies in India, to the Second Treaty of Paris, which confirmed the territorial settlement of 1763 and France's subordinate position to Britain. Marsh explores what a European power, territorially peripheral in India, thought of both India and the administrative rule there of its rival, Britain. For the French, the image of India had a polyvalent nature, functioning both as a trope of exoticism and as a site that was inescapably imbued with expansionist failure and the concomitant success of la perfide Albion. Employing a comparative approach, and questioning the colonizer-versus-colonized binary which persists within colonial discourse analysis, Marsh posits a triangular discursive relationship between Britain, France and India. Challenging the grand narrative of the British imperial conquest of India, she explores the consequences for French culture of competing colonialisms on the Indian subcontinent.
Bowker Data Service Summary
This text examines metropolitan French-language representations of India from the period between the recall of Dupleix to France, which effectively curtailed French expansionist policies in India, to the Second Treaty of Paris, which confirmed the territorial settlement of 1763 and France's subordinate position to Britain.
Table of Contents
Introduction
The French Presence in India between 1754 and 1815: From the 'beaux jours du gouvernement de Dupleix' to Annihilation?
Constructing India as Other: Fiction, Travelogues and Ambassadors
Emasculating India: The Indienne, Feminization and Female Writers
Mythical India
Historical India: Narratives of the Past
The Philosophes, 'Anticolonialism' and the Rule of the British East India Company
Conclusion
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