By Jyotsna Singh
Breaking floor in post-colonial experiences, Colonial Narratives/Cultural Dialogues explores the west's courting to the historical past of British colonialism in the context of cultural stories. Jyotsna Singh highlights the interconnections among early smooth colonial encounters, later manifestations within the Raj and their lingering impact within the postcolonial Indian kingdom. She examines the assumptions implicit in representations of colonialism and questions the validity of eyewitness money owed and unmediated studies. Singh combines legit, formal narratives utilized in India and the unofficial, casual debts of dissonant voices. one of the texts thought of listed here are studies of Shakespearean productions in colonial Calcutta and postcolonial, Indo-Anglian novels; 17th century go back and forth narratives approximately India; eighteenth century "nabob" texts; letters of Sir William Jones, the Orientalist; and East India corporation petitions.
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