India in the American Imaginary, 1780s-1880s

Palgrave Macmillan (Verlag)
  • erschienen am 31. August 2018
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  • Softcover
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  • 316 Seiten
978-3-319-87293-3 (ISBN)
This book seeks to frame the "the idea of India" in the American imaginary within a transnational lens that is attentive to global flows of goods, people, and ideas within the circuits of imperial and maritime economies in nineteenth century America (roughly 1780s-1880s). This diverse and interdisciplinary volume - with essays by upcoming as well as established scholars - aims to add to an understanding of the fast changing terrain of economic, political, and cultural life in the US as it emerged from being a British colony to having imperial ambitions of its own on the global stage. The essays trace, variously, the evolution of the changing self-image of a nation embodying a surprisingly cosmopolitan sensibility, open to different cultural values and customs in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century to one that slowly adopted rigid and discriminatory racial and cultural attitudes spawned by the widespread missionary activities of the ABCFM and the fierce economic pulls and pushes of American mercantilism by the end of the nineteenth century. The different uses of India become a way of refining an American national identity.
Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2017
  • Englisch
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Springer International Publishing
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  • 5 s/w Abbildungen
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  • 5 Illustrations, black and white; XXIII, 292 p. 5 illus.
  • Höhe: 210 mm
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  • Breite: 148 mm
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  • Dicke: 17 mm
  • 411 gr
978-3-319-87293-3 (9783319872933)
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Anupama Arora is Associate Professor of English and Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Massachusetts, USA.
Rajender Kaur is Associate Professor of English at William Paterson University of New Jersey, USA, where she teaches courses in postcolonial, Asian American, British, and World literatures.
1 Introduction: India in the American Imaginary, 1780s-1880s.- 2 An Eye for Prices, an Eye for Souls: American Merchants and Missionaries in the Indian Subcontinent, 1784-1838.- 3 The Empire Comes Home: Thomas Law's Mixed Race Family in the Early Republic.- 4 Indo-American Encounters in Melville and Thoreau: Philosophy, Commerce, and Religious Dialogue.- 5 "Every India Mail:" The Lamplighter and the Prospect of U.S. Transoceanic (Postal) Empire, 1847-1854.- 6 Cast in Print: The Indian Mutiny, Asiatic Racial Forms and American Domesticity.- 7 India and U.S. Cultures of Reform: Caste as Keyword.- 8 "Considered a Citizen of the United States:" George DeGrasse, a South Asian in Early (African) America.- 9 "A Dazzle of Light:" Edwin Lord Weeks and Royal India.

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