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Emily Webb Module Reading List

Primary Sources for the Historian: An Introduction to Documentary study, 2019/20, Semester 2
Professor Stephen Alford
S.Alford@leeds.ac.uk
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Primary Sources

Throughout the module several different advice guides will be used collectively to build your understanding of colonial life in British India. The main guides we will be using are:

A Lady Resident, The Englishwoman in India, (London: Smith, Elder & Co, 1864)

Anon, Anglo-Indian, Indian Outfits & Establishments: Practical Guide for Persons to Reside in India (London: L Upcott Gill, 1882)

Hull, Edmond, The European in India, or, Anglo-Indian’s Vade-Mecum(London: H.S King, 1871)

James, Eliot, A Guide to Indian Household Management(London: Ward, Lock & Co, 1880)

Steel, Flora Anne and Grace Gardiner, The Complete Indian Housekeeper and Cook(London: William Heinemann, 1909)

All guides are available online via archive.org, and pdf copies can be found in the ‘primary sources’ folder on Minerva. Additional material required throughout the module will be provided by your tutor.

Week 1: Introduction to Module

There is no formal preparation necessary for this class, although you are encouraged to read Philippa Levine’s, The British Empire: Sunrise to Sunset, (New York: Pearson Longman, 2007) ch.5 - Available Online via Library Website

Those who are unfamiliar with Indian history may also be interested in the following introductions to the colonial period:

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

Bates, Crispin, Subalterns and Raj : South Asia since 1600 ISBN: 9780415214841 (pbk.) : £15.99; 9780415214834 (hbk.) : £50.00; 0415214831 (hbk.) : £50.00; 041521484X (pbk.) : £15.99, (Abingdon: Routledge, 2007), ch. 5

Brown, Judith, Modern India: The Origins of an Asian Democracy(Oxford: OUP. 1994) ch. 3

Jalal, Ayesha and Sugata Bose, Modern South Asia (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1997) ch. 9 and 10

Porter, Andrew, 'Introduction: Britain and the Empire in the Nineteenth Century', in The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume III: The Nineteenth Century, ed. Andrew Porter (Oxford: Oxford University Press: 1999) pp.1-30 

Week 2: Colonial Society in British India (c.1850-1900)

Primary Sources 

C. T Buckland, Sketches of Social Life in India, (London: W.H Allen, 1884) - used in class 

**Brown, Judith, Modern India: The Origins of an Asian Democracy(Oxford: OUP. 1994) ch. 3

Jalal, Ayesha and Sugata Bose, Modern South Asia (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1997) ch. 9 and 10

De Silva, Prasannajit,  Colonial Self-Fashioning in British India c. 1785-1845 (Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018), Chapter 1, available via Google Books

Moore, Robin, ‘Imperial India, 1858-1914’ in The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume III: The Nineteenth Century, ed. Andrew Porter (Oxford: Oxford University Press: 1999) pp.422-446

Porter, Andrew, 'Introduction: Britain and the Empire in the Nineteenth Century', in The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume III: The Nineteenth Century, ed. Andrew Porter (Oxford: Oxford University Press: 1999) pp.1-30 

Week 3: Advice Literature as a Source Base 

Attar, Dena, A bibliography of household books published in Britain 1800-1914 ISBN: 0907325351 (London: Prospect Books, 1987) 

Leavitt, Sarah, From Catharine Beecher to Martha Stewart : a cultural history of domestic advice ISBN: 0807853712 (pbk.) : £15.95; 0807827029 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2002), Introduction and Chapter 1

Lees-Maffei, Grace, ‘Studying Advice: Historiography, Methodology, Commentary, Bibliography’, Journal of design history. ISSN: 0952-4649, 16 (2003), 1–14

** Walsh, Judith, Domesticity in colonial India : what women learned when men gave them advice ISBN: 0742529371 (pbk.); 0742529363 (London: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2004) Chapter 6

Week 4: The Anglo-Indian Home

Blunt, Alison, ‘Imperial Geographies of Home: British Domesticity in India, 1886-1925’, Transactions ISSN: 0020-2754, 24 (1999), 421–40

Chattopadhyay, ‘Swati Goods, Chattels and Sundry Items’: Constructing 19th-Century Anglo-Indian Domestic Life', Journal of Material Culture ISSN: 1359-1835 November 2002 7: 243-271

Desai, Miki and Madhavi Desai, 'The Colonial Bungalow in India', The Focus: Cultural Heritage, 57 (2011) 26-27

De Silva, Prasannajit, 'Representing Home Life Abroad: British Domestic Life in Early-Nineteenth-Century India', Visual culture in Britain. ISSN: 1471-4787; 1941-8361, 12.3 (2011), 312-331

George, Rosemary Marangoly, 'Homes in the Empire, Empires in the Home', Cultural critique. ISSN: 0882-4371, 26, (1994), pp. 95-127

Glover, William, '"A Feeling of Absence from Old England": The Coloinal Bungalow'Home cultures. ISSN: 1740-6315; 1751-74271.1 (2004), 61-82

** Jones, Robin D., Interiors of empire : objects, space and identity within the Indian Subcontinent, c.1800-1947 ISBN: 9780719069420 (hbk.); 0719069424 (hbk.) (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2007) Chapter 1+ 2. Available as an online course reading.

Jones, Robin D., '"Souvenirs of People who have Come and Gone": Second-Hand Furnishings and the Anglo-Indian Domestic Interior, 1840–1920' in Modernity and the second-hand trade : European consumption cultures and practices, 1700-1900 ISBN: 9780230229464 (hbk.) : £55.00; 0230229468 (hbk.) : £55.00, 1700-1900, ed by Jon Stobar and Ilja Van Damme, (Bassingstoke: Palgrave MacMillian, 2011), 111-135

The Bungalow in Twentieth-Century India: The Cultural Expression of Changing Ways of Life and Aspirations in the Domestic Architecture of Colonial and Post-Colonial Society, ed. by Mādhavī Desāī, Miki Desai, and Jon Lang (London: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2012), Introduction, pp. 1-8. Available via Google Books

Further Reading

Crinson, Mark, Empire building : orientalism and Victorian architecture ISBN: 0415139414 (pbk.) : £16.99; 0415139406, (London: Routledge, 1996),

Metcalf, Thomas, An imperial vision : Indian architecture and Britain's Raj ISBN: 0195656024 (pbk.), (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1989)

Week 5: Memsahib Myth

Barr, Pat, The memsahibs : the women of Victorian India ISBN: 0712625615 (London: Century, 1989)

Blunt, Alison, ‘Imperial Geographies of Home: British Domesticity in India, 1886-1925’, Transactions ISSN: 0020-2754, 24 (1999), 421–40

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

Densmore, Mary, ‘Power and Gender: British Women’s Role in 19th Century Imperial India’, 2016 (http://digitalcommons.lmu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1114&context=ulra)

** Ghose, Indira, ‘The Memsahib Myth: Englishwomen in Colonial India’ in Women & others : perspectives on race, gender and empire ISBN: 9780312296025 (pbk.) : £17.99; 9780312296018 (hbk.) : £47.50; 0312296010 (hbk.) : £47.50; 0312296029 (pbk.) : £17.99, edited by Celia R. Daileader, Rhoda E. Johnson, and Amilcar Shabazz Available via Minerva

Gilmour, David, The ruling caste : imperial lives in the Victorian Raj ISBN: 0719555345(London: John Murray, 1988), chapter 15

Hyam, Ronald, Empire and sexuality : the British experience ISBN: 0719025052 (pbk); 0719025044 (Manchester: MUP, 1990)

Hall, Catherine, 'Of Gender and Empire: Reflections on the Nineteenth Century', in Gender and Empireed. by Phillipa Levine (Oxford: OUP, 2011), 46-76 Available via Minerva

Lind, Mary Ann, The compassionate memsahibs : welfare activities of British women in India, 1900-1947 ISBN: 0313260591 : £29.50(New York: Greenwood Press, 1988)

MacMillan, Margaret, Women of the Raj : the mothers, wives, and daughters of the British Empire in India ISBN: 9780812976397; 0812976398 , (London: Thames and Hudson, 1988), Chapters 9 + 12 Available via Minerva

Nayar, Pramod K, ‘The “Disorderly Memsahib” : Political Domesticity in Alice Perrin’s Empire Fiction’, Brno studies in English. ISSN: 1211-1791, 38 (2012), 123–38

Sen, Indrani, ‘Between power and 'purdah': The white woman in British India, 1858-1900’ in Indian Economic & Social History Review ISSN: 0019-4646 , 34:3, 1997, pp. 355-376

Sen, Indrani, 'Gendering (Anglo) India: Rudyard Kipling and the Construction of Women', Social scientist. ISSN: 0970-029328.9, pp.12-32

Sengupta, Kush, 'The Memsahib Writes: Double Consciousness in 19th Century Memsahib Literature'Modern Research Studies, 4.2 (2017) 126-149

Strobel, Margaret, European women and the second British Empire ISBN: 0253206316 (pbk. : alk. paper); 0253355516 (alk. paper) (Indiana University Press, 1991), chapter 1 Available via Minerva

Week 6: Childhood and Motherhood

Banerjee, Swapna M, ‘Blurring Boundaries, Distant Companions: Non‐kin Female Caregivers for Children in Colonial India (Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries)’, Paedagogica Historica. , 46 (2010), 775–88

Brendon, Vyvyen, Children of the Raj ISBN: 075382082X (pbk.) : £8.99 (London: Pheonix, 2006) Chapter 6 Available via Minerva

Buettner, Elizabeth, Empire Families: Britons and Late Imperial India (Oxford ; New York: OUP Oxford, 2004) Available Online via Library especially ch. 1

Chaudhuri, Nupar, ‘Memsahibs and Motherhood in 19th Century Colonial India’ in Victorian studies. ISSN: 0042-5222, 31:4 (1988)

Conway, Suzanne, ‘Ayah, Caregiver to Anglo-Indian Children, c.1750-1947’, in Children, childhood and youth in the British world ,ed. by Shirleene Robinson and Simon Sleight, (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) Available via Minerva

Hassan, Narin, ‘Feeding Empire: Wet Nursing and Colonial Domesticity in India’, Nineteenth-century contexts. , 38 (2016), 353–63

**MacMillan, Margaret, Women of the Raj : the mothers, wives, and daughters of the British Empire in India ISBN: 9780812976397; 0812976398 , (London: Thames and Hudson, 1988), Chapter 8 Available via Minerva

Pomfret, David M., Youth and empire : trans-colonial childhoods in British and French Asia ISBN: 9780804795173 (cloth ; alk. paper); 0804795177 (cloth ; alk. paper); 9780804796866 (electronic) (Stanford University Press, 2015)

Sen, Indrani, ‘Colonial Domesticities, Contentious Interactions: Ayahs, Wet-Nurses and Memsahibs in Colonial India’, Indian Journal of Gender Studies ISSN: 0971-5215, 16 (2009), 299–328

Week 7: Presentations 

Week 8: Servants 

Banerjee, Swapna M, ‘Blurring Boundaries, Distant Companions: Non‐kin Female Caregivers for Children in Colonial India (Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries)’, Paedagogica Historica. ISSN: 0030-9230, 46 (2010), 775–88

Chaudhuri, Nupar, ‘Memsahibs and their servants in nineteenth-century India’ in Women's history review. ISSN: 0961-2025. 3.4 (1994)

Chaudhuri, Nupar, ‘Memsahibs and Motherhood in 19th Century Colonial India’ in Victorian studies. ISSN: 0042-5222. vol. 31:4, (1988)

Chynoweth, Tessa, ‘Domestic Service and Domestic Space in London, 1750-1800’(unpublished PhD Thesis, Queen Mary University, 2016)

Conway, Suzanne, ‘Ayah, Caregiver to Anglo-Indian Children, c.1750-1947’, in Children, childhood and youth in the British world ISBN: 9781137489401 (hardback),ed. by Shirleene Robinson and Simon Sleight, (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) Available via Minerva

Dussart, Fae, ‘“To Glut a Menial’s Grudge”: Domestic Servants and the Ilbert Bill Controversy of 1883’, Journal of colonialism and colonial history. ISSN: 1532-5768, 14 (2013) 

Dussart, Fae Ceridwen, ‘“That Unit of Civilisation” and “the Talent Peculiar to Women”: British Employers and Their Servants in the Nineteenth-Century Indian Empire’, Identities : global studies in culture and power. ISSN: 1070-289X, 22 (2015), 706–21

Finn, Margot, ‘Slaves out of Context: Domestic Slavery and the Anglo-Indian Family, c. 1780-1830’Transactions of the Royal Historical Society. ISSN: 0080-4401, 19 (2009), 181–203

Hassan, Narin, ‘Feeding Empire: Wet Nursing and Colonial Domesticity in India’, Nineteenth-century contexts. ISSN: 0890-5495; 1477-2663, 38 (2016), 353–63

Lowrie, Claire, Masters and servants : cultures of empire in the Tropics ISBN: 9780719095337; 0719095336 (Oxford University Press, 2016)

Sen, Indrani, 'Colonial Domesticities, Contentious Interactions: Ayahs, Wet-Nurses and Memsahibs in Colonial India', Indian Journal of Gender Studies ISSN: 0971-5215, 16:3, 2009, pp. 299-328

Week 9: The Anglo-Indian Boby: Health and Empire

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

Arnold, David, Colonizing the body : state medicine and epidemic disease in nineteenth-century India ISBN: 9780520082953 (pbk. : alk. paper); 0520082958 (pbk. : alk. paper); 0520081242 (alk. paper) (University of California Press, 1993)

Bashford, Alison, 'Medicine, Gender and Empire', in Gender and Empireed. by Phillipa Levine (Oxford: OUP, 2011), 112-134

Harrison, Mark, 'Tropical medicine in nineteenth-century India', British journal for the history of science. ISSN: 0007-0874, 25.3, (1992), pp. 299-318

Harrison, Mark, Public health in British India : Anglo-Indian preventive medicine 1859-1914 ISBN: 0521441277 (cased); 0521466881 (pbk) : No price (Cambridge University Press, 1994)

Kakar, Sanjiv, 'Leprosy in British India, 1860–1940: Colonial politics and missionary medicine', Medical history. ISSN: 0025-7273, 40.02, (1996), pp. 215-230

Livingstone, David N., 'Tropical climate and moral hygiene: the anatomy of a Victorian debate', British journal for the history of science. ISSN: 0007-0874, 32.1 (1999), pp. 93-110

Mushtaq, Muhammad Umair, ‘Public Health in British India: A Brief Account of the History of Medical Services and Disease Prevention in Colonial India’, Indian journal of community medicine ISSN: 0970-0218 : Official Publication of Indian Association of Preventive & Social Medicine, 34 (2009), 6–14 <https://doi.org/10.4103/0970-0218.45369>  Available online 

Pati, Biswamoy, Mark Harrison, The Social History of Health and Medicine in Colonial India (Routledge, 2008) Available via Minerva (week 9)

Sen, Indrani, ‘Memsahibs and Health in Colonial Medical Writings, c. 1840 to c. 1930', South Asia Research ISSN: 0262-7280, 30 (2010), pp. 253–74

Week 10: Social Life and Society 

Cohen, Benjamin B., In the club : associational life in colonial South Asia (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2015), especially chapters 5 and 6

Kincaid, Dennis, British social life in India, 1608-1937 (London; Boston: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1973)

MacMillan, Margaret, Women of the Raj : the mothers, wives, and daughters of the British Empire in India ISBN: 9780812976397; 0812976398 , (London: Thames and Hudson, 1988), Chapter 10 Available via Minerva (week 10)

Shramek, Joseph, "Face Him Like a Briton": Tiger Hunting, Imperialism, and British Masculinity in Colonial India, 1800-1875', Victorian studies. ISSN: 0042-522248.4 (2006) pp. 659-680 

Week 11: Conclusions and Revision 

No specific reading for this class.

 

This list was last updated on 16/03/2019