English Writing and India, 1600-1920: Colonizing Aesthetics by Pramod K. Nayar

By Pramod K. Nayar

This e-book explores the formations and configurations of British colonial discourse on India via a studying of prose narratives of the 1600-1920 interval.

Arguing that colonial discourse usually trusted aesthetic units on the way to describe and assert a level of narrative keep watch over over Indian panorama, Pramod Nayar demonstrates how aesthetics provided a vocabulary and representational modes for the British to build specific photographs of India.

Looking particularly on the aesthetic modes of the marvellous, the massive, the elegant, the picturesque and the luxuriant, Nayar marks the shift within the rhetoric – from the exploration narratives from the age of mercantile exploration to that of the ‘shikar’ memoirs of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century’s severe unique. English Writing and India offers a huge new research of colonial aesthetics, whilst it extends present scholarship at the modes of early British representations of latest lands and cultures.

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Curs[ing] God and Mahomet’ (1698: 196). 34 Here is Fryer describing the great water tanks built by Indian rulers: The great tanks or ponds of rain-water, where it wants the other benefits, with deep wells, of extraordinary costs and charges; some purely for pomp, and to transmit their names to posterity; others for the good of travellers, but most for the sake of religion, in which they are extravagantly profuse. (Fryer 1698: 188) Benevolent wealth is transformed into immoderate, and therefore immoral, expense.

Terry comments that the Indian wheat is ‘more full and more white than ours’, and that the Indian musk melon is ‘very much better’ (1655: 92, 95, emphasis in original). Commenting on the climate, Terry (1655: 125) declares that ‘the coldest day in the whole year at noon . . is hotter there than the hottest day in England’. Measurement and order – two central features of the seventeenthcentury episteme – are both visible in the enargheic mode. 43 William Hawkins devotes the last sections of his travelogue to lists and catalogues.

The natives being most strong and valiant in their base lusts and not otherwise’ (1655: 162–63). The threat of the numerically large Mughal army is neutralized rhetorically with this image of a morally weak army. Years later, Robert Orme, the historian, makes similar observations. In a section leadingly titled ‘Effeminacy of the inhabitants of Indostan’, he writes: The sailor no sooner lands on the coast, than nature dictates to him the full result of this comparison; he brandishes his stick in sport, and puts fifty 32 Marvellous difficulty Indians to flight in a moment .

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