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Hist 2308 Life and Death in British India Reading List

Life and Death in British India, 1690-1871, 2017/18, Semester 2
Dr Andrea Major
a.major@leeds.ac.uk
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

There are no set texts or required materials for this module, but some useful texts include:

Elizabeth Collingham, Imperial bodies : the physical experience of the Raj, c. 1800-1947 , (London: Polity Press, 2001).

Dane Keith Kennedy, The magic mountains : hill stations and the British raj , (Berkeley: Univ of California Press, 1996).

Those unfamilar with South Asian History may also want to look at one of the following 'textbooks' to get an overview of the period:

C. A. Bayly, Indian Society and the Making of the British Empire (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998)

Crispin Bates, Subalterns and Raj : South Asia since 1600 , (Abingdon: Routledge, 2007);

Ayesha Jalal and Sugata Bose, Modern South Asia , (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1997).

Metcalf, Thomas R. Ideologies of the Raj , (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994).

Some useful collections of primary sources include:

K.K. Dyson, A various universe : a study of the journals and memoirs of British men and women in the Indian subcontinent, 1765-1856 , (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1978).

Hari Krishen Kaul (ed.), Traveller's India : an anthology , (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1979).

Indrani Ghose (ed.), Memsahibs abroad : writings by women travellers in nineteenth century India (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1998).

Indrani Sen (ed), Memsahib's writings : colonial narratives on Indian women , (Orient Longman, 2008).

 

Week 1: Introduction: Britain and India, 1693-1871

C. A. Bayly, Indian Society and the Making of the British Empire , (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998).

Crispin Bates, Subalterns and Raj : South Asia since 1600 , (Abingdon: Routledge, 2007), ch. 2-5.

Ayesha Jalal and Sugata Bose, Modern South Asia (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1997), ch. 6-10


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Week 2: Sojourners not Settlers: Colonial Society in British India, 1693 - 1871

Required Reading

P. Marshall, 'British Society in India under the East India Company', Modern Asian studies. , 31, 1997, pp. 89-108.

Bernard S. Cohn, 'The British in Benares: a nineteenth century colonial society', Comparative studies in society and history. , 4:02, 1962, pp. 169-199.

Elizabeth Collingham, Imperial bodies : the physical experience of the Raj, c. 1800-1947 (London: Polity Press, 2001), part 1.

Further Reading

P.J. Marshall, 'British Immigration into India in the Nineteenth Century', Itinerario. , 14, 1990, pp 25-44.

P. J. Marshall ‘The Whites of British India, 1780-1830: A Failed Colonial Society? ', International history review. , 12:1, 1990, pp. 26-44.

R. Frykenberg 'British Society in Guntur during the Early Nineteenth Century', Comparative studies in society and history. , 4:2, 1962, pp. 200-208.

Chen Tzoref-Ashkenazi, 'Hanoverians, Germans, and Europeans: Colonial Identity in Early British India', Central European history. 43:02, 2010, pp. 221-238.

Elizabeth Collingham, Imperial bodies : the physical experience of the Raj, c. 1800-1947 (London: Polity Press, 2001), p. 2.


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Week 3: Public Spaces: Race, Place and the Colonial City.

Required Reading

P. J. Marshall, 'Eighteenth Century Calcutta' in R. J.  Ross, and G. Telkamp (eds.) Colonial cities : essays on urbanism in a colonial context , ch. 5, pp. 87 - 104 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Swati Chattopadhyay, 'Blurring Boundaries: The Limits of "White Town" in Colonial Calcutta', Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians. , 59.2, 2000, pp. 154–179.

Robert Travers, 'Death and the nabob: Imperialism and commemoration in eighteenth-century India', Past & present. 196:1, 2007, pp. 83-124.

Further Reading

Meera Kosambi and John E. Brush, 'Three Colonial Port Cities in India', Geographical Review. , 78:1, 1988, pp. 32–47

P. J. Marshall, 'The White Town of Calcutta under the Rule of the East India Company' in Modern Asian studies. , 34:2, 2000, pp. 307-331.

Farhat Hasan, 'Indigenous Cooperation and the Birth of a Colonial City: Calcutta, c. 1698–1750', Modern Asian studies. , 26, 1992, pp. 65-82.

Samita Gupta, 'Theory and practice of town planning in Calcutta, 1817 to 1912: An appraisal', Indian Economic & Social History Review , 30, March 1993, pp. 29-55.

John Archer, 'Paras, Palaces, Pathogens: frameworks for the growth of Calcutta, 1800–1850', City & Society , 12, 2002, pp. 19–54.

Susan M. Neild, 'Colonial Urbanism: The Development of Madras City in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries', Modern Asian studies. , 13, 1979, pp. 217-246.

Partha Mitter, 'The Early British Port Cities of India: Their Planning and Architecture Circa 1640-1757', Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians. , 45:2, 1986, pp. 95-114.

M. Satish Kumar, 'The Evolution of the Spatial Ordering of Colonial Madras', in Alison Blunt, Cheryl McEwan (eds) Postcolonial Geographies (London: Bloomsbury, 2004): 85-98.

Barbara S. Groseclose, British sculpture and the Company Raj : church monuments and public statuary in Madras, Calcutta, and Bombay to 1858 , (University of Delaware Press, 1995).

Rebecca M. Brown, 'The Cemeteries And The Suburbs: Patna's Challenges to the Colonial City in South Asia', Journal of Urban History ,  29, 2003, pp. 151-172.

Banerjee, Sumanta. "'City of Dreadful Night': Crime and Punishment in Colonial Calcutta." Economic and political weekly.  38:21, 2003, pp. 2045-2055.

S. Kumar, 'Idioms, symbolism and divisions: Beyond the black and white towns in Madras, 1625–1850' in Colonial and post-colonial geographies of India (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage 2005), pp. 23-48. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Swati Chattopadhay, 'Nineteenth-century British attitudes toward Calcutta and Bombay', in F.E. Brown, S.J. Neary, M.S. Symes (eds), The urban experience : a people-environment perspective , (Routledge, 1994), pp. 455-467.

Nandini Bhattacharya, 'Leisure, Economy and Colonial Urbanism: Darjeeling, 1835–1930', Urban history. , 40.03, 2013, pp. 442-461.

John Archer, 'Colonial suburbs in South Asia, 1700-1850, and the spaces of modernity' in R. Silverstone (ed.) Visions of suburbia (London: Routledge, 1997), pp. 26-54.

Tania Sengupta, 'Between the garden and the bazaar: the visions, spaces and structures of colonial towns in nineteenth-century provincial Bengal', Visual culture in Britain. 12.3, 2011, pp. 333-348.

Mrinalini Sinha, 'Britishness, Clubbability, and the Colonial Public Sphere: The Genealogy of an Imperial Institution in Colonial India', The journal of British studies. , 40, 2001, pp 489-521.

Benjamin Cohen, In the club : associational life in colonial South Asia , (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2015)

Pratik Chakrabarti, "Purifying the River: Pollution and Purity of Water in Colonial Calcutta." Studies in History , 31.2, 2015, pp. 178-205.

Sarmistha De and Bidisha Chakraborty, 'Maidan: The Open Space in History', Social scientist. , 38, 2010, pp. 3-22.

Preeti.Chopra, 'Free to move, forced to flee: the formation and dissolution of suburbs in colonial Bombay, 1750–1918', Urban history. , 39:01, 2012, pp. 83-107.

Swati Chattopadhyay, Representing Calcutta : modernity, nationalism, and the colonial uncanny (Routledge, 2005).

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Week 4: Domestic Intimacies: Bibis, Memsahibs and the Colonial Home

Required Reading

Beth Fowkes Tobin Picturing imperial power : colonial subjects in eighteenth-century British painting , (Durham, Duke University Press, 1999), ch. 4. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Malia B. Formes ‘Beyond Complicity versus Resistance: Recent Work on Gender and European Imperialism’, Journal of Social History. , 28:3, 1995, pp. 629-641.

Nupar Chaudhury, ‘Memsahibs and Motherhood in 19th Century Colonial India’ in Victorian studies. vol. 31:4, 1988.

Further Reading

Philippa Levine, ‘Orientalist Sociology and the Creation of Colonial Sexualities,’ in Feminist review. , 65, 2000, pp. 5-21.

Ronald Hyams, 'Empire and Sexual Opportunity', Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 14, 1986, AND M. Berger, ‘Imperialism and Sexual Exploitation’ in The journal of imperial and commonwealth history. , 17:1, 1988.

Margaret Strobel European women and the second British Empire (Indiana University Press, 1991 ), ch. 1 ‘Sexuality and Society: The Myth of the Destructive Female’ Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Sudipta Sen, ‘Colonial Aversions and Domestic Desires: Blood, Race, Sex and the Decline of Intimacy in Early British India’ in South Asia : Journal of South Asian Studies. , 24:1, 2001, pp. 25-45

Nupar Chaudhuri, ‘Memsahibs and their servants in nineteenth-century India’ in Women's history review. 3.4 (1994).

Margaret MacMillan, Women of the Raj : the mothers, wives, and daughters of the British Empire in India , (London: Thames and Hudson, 1988).

Indrani Sen ‘Between power and 'purdah': The white woman in British India, 1858-1900’ in Indian Economic & Social History Review , 34:3, 1997, pp. 355-376.

Erica Wald, ‘Defining Prostitution and Redefining Women's Roles: the Colonial State and Society in Early Nineteenth Century India," History compass. ,  7:6, 2009.

Durba Ghosh, Sex and the family in colonial India : the making of empire , (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006).

Durba Ghosh "Who Counts as 'Native? ': Gender, Race, and Subjectivity in Colonial India" in Journal of colonialism and colonial history. , 6:3, 2005.

Mahua Sarkar  Visible histories, disappearing women : producing Muslim womanhood in late colonial Bengal (Duke University Press, 2008), ch. 1

William Dalrymple, White Mughals: Love and Betrayal in Eighteenth-Century India (Penguin, 2004). See also Pankaj Mishra, "More Trouble Than It Is Worth," Common Knowledge 11:3 (fall 2005), pp. 432–44, and Dalrymple's reply, published in the same issue of Common Knowledge , "Assimilation and Transculturation in Eighteenth-Century India: A Response to Pankaj Mishra," pp. 445–85; also Pankaj Mishra ‘Feel-Good History: A Reply to William Dalrymple's Response’ Common Knowledge , 12:1 (2006) pp. 93-95.

Indrani Ghose, Women travellers in colonial India : the power of the female gaze ( Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2000).

Jane Haggis, ‘Gendering colonialism or colonising gender? Recent women’s studies approaches to white women and the history of British colonialism’, in Women's studies international forum. , 12, 1990, pp.105-112

Swati Chattopadhyay ‘Goods, Chattels and Sundry Items’: Constructing 19th-Century Anglo-Indian Domestic Life', Journal of Material Culture  November 2002 7: 243-271

Margot Finn 'Colonial Gifts: Family Politics and the Exchange of Goods in British India, c. 1780–1820', Modern Asian studies. , 40, 2006, pp 203-231.

William J. Glover, "“A Feeling of Absence from Old England:” The Colonial Bungalow." Home cultures. 1:1, 2004, pp. 61-82.

Caroline Lusin, 'Curry, Tins and Grotesque Bodies: Food, Cultural Boundaries and Identity in Anglo-Indian Life-Writing', English studies. , 94:4, 2013, pp. 468-488.

Rosemary Marangoly George, 'Homes in the Empire, Empires in the Home', Cultural critique. , 26, Winter, 1993-1994, pp. 95-127

David, Deirdre. "Imperial chintz: domesticity and empire." Victorian literature and culture. 27.02 (1999): 569-577.

Indrani Sen, 'Colonial Domesticities, Contentious Interactions: Ayahs, Wet-Nurses and Memsahibs in Colonial India', Indian Journal of Gender Studies , 16:3, 2009, pp. 299-328.

John Plotz, 'The First Strawberries in India: Cultural Portability in Victorian Greater Britain', Victorian studies. , 49.4, 2007, pp. 659-684.


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Week 5: Hostile Environments: Climate, Nature and Crisis

Required Reading

David Arnold, 'Deathscapes: India in an age of romanticism and empire, 1800–1856', Nineteenth-century contexts. , 26.4, 2004, pp. 339-353.

Vinita Damodaran' 'The East India Company, Famine and Ecological Conditions in Eighteenth Century Bengal' in Vinita Damodaran and Anna Winterbottom, and Alan Lester, eds. The East India Company and the natural world , (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), ch. 4

Mahesh Rangarajan, 'The Raj and the Natural World: The war against 'dangerous beasts' in colonial India." Studies in History , 14.2, 1998, pp. 265-299.

Further Reading

Pramod Nayar, 'The Imperial Sublime: English Travel Writing and India, 1750–1820' in Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies , 2:2, 2002, pp. 57-99

David Arnold, The tropics and the traveling gaze : India, landscape, and science, 1800-1856 , (University of Washington Press, 2011).

Pablo Mukherjee, 'Touring the Dead Lands: Emily Eden, Victorian famines, and colonial picturesque', The critical survey. , 21:1, 2009, pp. 24-38.

Ravi Ahuja, Ravi. "State formation and 'famine policy' in early colonial south India." Indian Economic & Social History Review 39.4, 2002, pp. 351-380.

David Arnold, 'Hunger in the garden of plenty. The Bengal famine of 1770' in Alessa Johns (ed.), Dreadful visitations : confronting natural catastrophe in the age of enlightenment . Routledge, New York (1999).

David Arnold, 'India's place in the tropical world, 1770–1930', The journal of imperial and commonwealth history. , 26.1, 1998, pp. 1-21.

Darren C. Zook, 'Famine in the Landscape: Imagining Hunger in South Asian History, 1860-1990', in Arun Agrawal (ed.) Agrarian environments : resources, representations, and rule in India (2000): 107. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Sanjay Sharma Famine, philanthropy, and the colonial state : North India in the early nineteenth century , (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2001).

Sanjay Sharma, 'Elusive Rains and Parched Lands: Situating Drought in Colonial India', in Jasveen Jairath, Vishwa Ballabh (eds) Droughts and integrated water resource management in South Asia : issues, alternatives, and futures (Delhi: Sage, 2008), pp. 40 - 69.

Upamanyu Pablo Mukherjee, Natural disasters and Victorian empire : famines, fevers and the literary cultures of South Asia , (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), ch. 2.

Joseph Sramek, "Face Him Like a Briton": Tiger Hunting, Imperialism, and British Masculinity in Colonial India, 1800-1875,' Victorian studies. , 48:4, 2006, pp. 659-680.

Sujit Sivasundaram, "Trading knowledge: the East India Company's elephants in India and Britain." The historical journal. 48.01, 2005, pp. 27-63.

Kevin Hannam, 'Shooting tigers as leisure in colonial India', in Brent Lovelock (ed.) Tourism and the consumption of wildlife : hunting, shooting and sport fishing (London: Routledge, 2007), pp. 99-113.

Saurabh Misra, Beastly encounters of the Raj : livelihoods, livestock and veterinary health in India, 1790-1920 , (Manchester, Manchester university Press, 2015).

John MacKenzie, (ed.) Imperialism and the natural world , (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1990), ch. 3 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Richard Grove, Green imperialism : colonial expansion, tropical island Edens, and the orgins of environmentalism, 1600-1860 . (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996), ch. 8. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Gregory Barton, "Keepers of the Jungle: Environmental Management in British India, 1855–1900." The Historian. , 62.3, 2000, pp. 557-574.

Mahesh Rangarajan, 'Environment and Ecology under British Rule' in D. M. Peers and N. Gooptu (eds) India and the British empire , (Oxford, OUP, 2012)


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Week 6: Vulnerable Bodies: Disease, Medicine and Mortality

Required Reading

Mark Harrison, 'Differences of degree: Representations of India in British medical topography, 1820–c. 1870', Medical history. , 44.S20, 2000, pp. 51-69.

Erica Wald, 'Health, Discipline and Appropriate Behaviour: The body of the soldier and space of the cantonment', in Modern Asian Studies , 46:04, 2012, pp. 815-856.

David Arnold, 'Medical priorities and practice in nineteenth-century British India." South Asia Research 5.2 (1985): 167-183.

Further Reading

Biswamoy Pati, and Mark Harrison (eds), The social history of health and medicine in colonial India . (London: Routledge, 2008), esp. chapter 10.

Vijay Prashad, 'Native Dirt/Imperial Ordure: The Cholera of 1832 and the morbid resolutions of Modernity', Journal of historical sociology. , 7.3, 1994, pp. 243-260.

Waltraud Ernst, 'Idioms of madness and colonial boundaries: the case of the European and “Native” mentally Ill in early nineteenth-century British India', Comparative studies in society and history. , 39:01, 1997, p. 153-181.

Nandini Bhattacharya, Contagion and enclaves : tropical medicine in colonial India , (Liverpool University Press, 2012).

Mark Harrison, Public health in British India : Anglo-Indian preventive medicine 1859-1914 . (Cambridge University Press, 1994).

David Arnold, Colonizing the body : state medicine and epidemic disease in nineteenth-century India . (Univ of California Press, 1993).

David Arnold, 'Cholera and colonialism in British India', Past & present. , 113, 1986, pp. 118-151.

Mark Harrison, '" The Tender Frame of Man": Disease, Climate and Racial Difference in India and the West Indies, 1760-1860', Bulletin of the history of medicine. , 70:1, 1996, pp. 68-93.

Mark Harrison, 'Tropical medicine in nineteenth-century India', British journal for the history of science. , 25:03, 1992, pp. 299-318.

Harald Fischer-Tiné and Michael Mann, Colonialism as civilizing mission : cultural ideology in British India , (Anthem Press, 2004), ch. 9. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Sanjiv Kakar, 'Leprosy in British India, 1860–1940: Colonial politics and missionary medicine', Medical history. , 40.02, 1996, pp. 215-230.

Alan Bewell, Romanticism and colonial disease , (JHU Press, 2003), ch. 7 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

David Arnold, 'Smallpox and Colonial Medicine in Nineteenth Century India', Institutions and ideologies : a SOAS South Asia reader , 24:10, 1993, pp. 224-.

Sanjoy Bhattacharya, Mark Harrison, and Michael Worboys. Fractured states : smallpox, public health and vaccination policy in British India 1800-1947 , (Orient Blackswan, 2005). ch. 1

Valeska Huber, 'The unification of the globe by disease? The international sanitary conferences on cholera, 1851–1894', The historical journal. , 49:02, 2006, pp. 453-476.

Erica Wald, ‘From begums and bibis to abandoned females and idle women: sexual relationships, venereal disease and the redefinition of prostitution in early nineteenth-century India’ in Indian Economic & Social History Review , 46:1, 2009, pp. 5–25.

Harald Fischer-Tiné, 'The drinking habits of our countrymen’: European Alcohol Consumption and Colonial Power in British India', The journal of imperial and commonwealth history. 40.3, 2012, pp. 383-408.

P. Howell, ‘Prostitution and racialised sexuality: the regulation of prostitution in Britain and the British Empire before the Contagious Diseases Acts’ Environment and planning. D : society and space. 18, 2000, 321-339.

Philippa Levine, 'Venereal disease, prostitution, and the politics of empire: The case of British India', Journal of the history of sexuality. , 4:4, 1994, pp. 579-602.

David N. Livingstone, 'Tropical climate and moral hygiene: the anatomy of a Victorian debate', British journal for the history of science. , 32:01, 1999, pp. 93-110.

Douglas M Peers, 'Soldiers, surgeons and the campaigns to combat sexually transmitted diseases in colonial India, 1805–1860', Medical history. , 42:02, 1998, pp. 137-160.

Fischer-Tiné, Harald. "Flotsam and Jetsam of the Empire? European Seamen and Spaces of Disease and Disorder in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Calcutta' in Harald Fischer-Tiné and Ashwini Tambe (eds) The limits of British colonial control in South Asia : spaces of disorder in the Indian Ocean region , (London and New York: Routledge, 2009).


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Week 8: Spiritual Dislocations: Religion, Identity and 'Otherness'

Required Reading

Daniel Grey, 'Creating the ‘Problem Hindu’: Sati, Thuggee and Female Infanticide in India, 1800–60' in J. de Groot and S. Morgan (eds) Sex, gender, and the sacred : reconfiguring religion in gender history , (Wiley, 2014), pp. 104-116.

Brian K.Pennington, Was Hinduism invented? : Britons, Indians, and colonial construction of religion (Oxford University Press, 2005), ch. 3.

Van der Veer, Peter. "The moral state: religion, nation, and empire in Victorian Britain and British India." in Peter Van Der Veer and Harmut Lehmann (eds) Nation and religion : perspectives on Europe and Asia , (Princeton University Press, 1999), pp. 15-43. (ch. 2) Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Further Reading

Renu Juneja, 'The Native and the Nabob: Representations of the Indian Experience in Eighteenth-Century English Literature', The journal of Commonwealth literature. , 27.1, 1992, pp. 183-198.

Geoffrey A. Oddie, Imagined Hinduism : British Protestant missionary constructions of Hinduism, 1793-1900 , (Sage, 2006).

Richard King) 'Orientalism and the modern myth of "Hinduism"', Numen. , 46.2, 1999, pp. 146-185.

Alex Padamsee, Representations of Indian Muslims in British colonial discourse , (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005).

Ronald Inden, 'Orientalist constructions of India', Modern Asian studies. 20:03, 1986, pp. 401-446.

Amal Chatterjee, Representations of India, 1740-1840 : the creation of India in the colonial imagination , (Palgrave, 1998).

Kate Teltscher, India inscribed : European and British writing on India, 1600-1800 (Delhi; Oxford University Press), esp. ch 2, Indian women Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Norbert Schürer, ‘The Impartial Spectator of Sati, 1757–84’ in Eighteenth-century studies. 42:1, 2008, pp. 19-44.

Lata Mani, Contentious Traditions: The Debate on Sati in Colonial India ( Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998).

Anand Yang, ‘Whose Sati? Widow Burning in Early 19th Century India’ in Journal of women's history. , 1:2, 1989, p. 8-33.

Andrea Major, Pious flames : European encounters with sati, 1500-1830 (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2006)

Jeanette Herman, ‘Men and Women of Feeling: Conventions of Sensibility and Sentimentality in the Sati Debate and Mainwaring's the Suttee’ in Comparative literature studies. 42:2, 2005.

Andrea Major ‘Eternal Flames: Suicide, Sinfulness and Insanity In European Constructions Of Sati, 1500-1830.’ in International journal of Asian studies. , 1, 2004, pp. 247-276.

Andrea Major, ‘The Hazards of Interference’: British fears of rebellion and sati as a potential site of conflict, 1829-1857’ in Crispin Bates (eds) Mutiny at the margins : new perspectives on the Indian uprising of 1857 . , vol. 1, (Delhi: Sage, 2013).

Pennington, Brian K. "Reverend William Ward and His Legacy for Christian (Mis) perception of Hinduism." Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies 13.1, 2000.

Anna Johnston, Missionary writing and empire, 1800-1860 , (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003), intro, parts 1 and 2 and conclusion.

Kim Wagner, 'The Deconstructed Stranglers: A Reassessment of Thuggee' in Modern Asian Studies , 2004 OR Kim A. Wagner, 'Thuggee And Social Banditry Reconsidered', in The historical journal. , 2007.

Mark Brown, 'Race, Science and the Construction of Native Criminality in Colonial India', in Theoretical criminology. . , 5:3, 2001, pp. 345-368.

Parama Roy, 'Discovering India, Imagining Thuggee', in Yale journal of criticism. . , 9:1, 1996, pp. 121-145 OR Parama Roy, Indian traffic : identities in question in colonial and postcolonial India , (University of California Press, 1998), ch 2.

Tom Lloyd, ‘Liminal 'Criminals': Re-thinking Historiographies of, and through, the 'Thuggee' Phenomenon ’ in History compass. , 5:2, 2007, pp. 362-374.


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9. Violent Outrages: Conflict, Captivity and Violence

Required Reading

Alison Blunt, 'Spatial Stories under Siege: British women writing from Lucknow in 1857', Gender, place and culture : a journal of feminist geography. 7.3, 2000.

Jenny Sharpe, ‘The Unspeakable limits of Rape’ in Williams and Chrisman, Colonial Discourse and Post-colonial Theory (Hemel Hempstead: Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1994).

Bart Moore-Gilbert, Writing India, 1757-1990 : the literature of British India (Manchester University Press, 1996), ch. 1. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Further Reading

Partha Chatterjee, The black hole of empire : history of a global practice of power , (Princeton University Press, 2012), ch. 1.

Rebecca M. Brown, 'Inscribing colonial monumentality: A case study of the 1763 patna massacre memorial', The journal of Asian studies. , 65.01, 2006, pp. 91-113.

Linda Colley, Captives : Britain, Empire and the world, 1600-1850 (Random House, 2010), part 3 (digitise ch. 9) Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Christopher Herbert, War of no pity : the Indian mutiny and Victorian trauma , (Princeton University Press, 2008).

Kim A. Wagner, The great fear of 1857 : rumours, conspiracies and the making of the Indian uprising (Peter Lang, 2010).

Kim A. Wagner, "‘Treading Upon Fires’: The ‘Mutiny’-Motif and Colonial Anxieties in British India", Past & present.  218:1, 2012.

Randolf Cooper, "Culture, Combat, and Colonialism in Eighteenth-and Nineteenth-Century India." International history review. 27.3, 2005, pp. 534-549.

Jane Robinson, Angels of Albion : women of the Indian Mutiny , (London: Penguin, 1997).

Alison Blunt, ‘The Flight from Lucknow; British women travelling and writing home, 1857-8’ in James S. Duncan, Derek Gregory (eds), Writes of passage : reading travel writing (Routledge, 1999)

Penelope Tuson ‘Mutiny narratives and the imperial feminine: European women's accounts of the rebellion in India in 1857’, Women's studies international forum. , 21:3, 1998, pp. 291-303

Andrea Major and Crispin Bates (eds) Mutiny at the margins : new perspectives on the Indian uprising of 1857. Volume 2, Britain and the Indian uprising , vol. 2 , (Delhi: Sage, 2013).

Claudia Klaver, ‘Domesticity under siege: British women and imperial crisis at the siege of Lucknow, 1857’ in Women's writing 8.1 (2001).

Nancy L. Paxton. Writing under the Raj : gender, race, and rape in the British colonial imagination, 1830-1947 . (New Brunswick: Rutgers UP, 1999).

Nancy L. Paxton, ‘Mobilizing Chivalry: Rape in British Novels about the Indian Uprising of 1857’, Victorian studies. , Vol. 36, No. 1 (Autumn, 1992), pp. 5-30

Alison Blunt, ‘Embodying war: British women and domestic defilement in the Indian ‘Mutiny’, 1857–8’ in Journal of historical geography. , 26:3, 2000, pp. 403-428.

Gautam Chakravarty, The Indian mutiny and the British imagination , (Cambridge University Press, 2005).

Don Randall, ‘Autumn 1857: The Making Of The Indian “Mutiny”’, in Victorian literature and culture. 31:1, 2003, pp.3-17.

M. Goswami, ‘Englishness’ on the Imperial Circuit: Mutiny Tours in Colonial South Asia. Journal of historical sociology . , 9, 1996, 54–84.

Heathorn, Stephen J., 1965-. "Angel of Empire: The Cawnpore Memorial Well as a British Site of Imperial Remembrance." Journal of colonialism and colonial history. 8.3 (2007)

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Week 10: High Imperialism, Decolonisation and Raj Nostalgia

Elizabeth Buettner, 'Cemeteries, public memory and Raj nostalgia in postcolonial Britain and India', History & memory. 18.1 (2006): 5-42.

Elizabeth Buettner. Empire families : Britons and late imperial India . (New York: Oxford University Press. 2004).

Mary Procida , Married to the Empire : gender, politics and imperialism in India, 1883-1947 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2002)

Alison Blunt ‘Imperial Geographies of Home: British Domesticity in India, 1886-1925’ in Transactions 24 (4), pp. 421–440.

Catherine Coombs 'Partition Narratives: Displaced trauma and culpability among British civil servants in 1940s Punjab', Modern Asian studies. , 45.01, 2011, pp. 201-224.

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