From Little London to Little Bengal by Daniel E. White

By Daniel E. White

From Little London to Little Bengal strains the site visitors in tradition among Britain and India through the Romantic interval. to a few, Calcutta a "Little London," whereas in London itself an Indianized neighborhood of back expatriates was once rising as "Little Bengal." Circling among the 2, this examine reads British and Indian literary, spiritual, and ancient assets along newspapers, panoramas, spiritual fairs, idols, and museum exhibitions. jointly and aside, Britons and Bengalis waged a transcultural agon below the dynamic stipulations of early nineteenth-century imperialism, suffering to say cosmopolitan views and, within the approach, to outline modernity.

Daniel E. White indicates how an ambivalent Protestant touch with Hindu devotion formed understandings of the imperial challenge for Britons and Indians in the course of the interval. Investigating international metaphors of stream and mobility, communique and trade, trade and conquest, he follows the activities of individuals, principles, books, paintings, and artifacts initiated by means of writers, publishers, educators, missionaries, tourists, and reformers. alongside the way in which, he locations luminaries like Romantic poet Robert Southey and Hindu reformer Rammohun Roy in discussion with a desirable array of lesser-known figures, from the Baptist missionaries of Serampore and the novel English journalist James Silk Buckingham to the mixed-race prodigy Henry Louis Vivian Derozio.

In live performance and in clash, those cultural emissaries and activists articulated nationwide and cosmopolitan views that have been greater than reactions at the a part of marginal teams to the metropolitan heart of energy and tradition. The British Empire in India concerned recursive transactions among the worldwide East and West, channeling cultural, political, and non secular formations that have been concurrently certain and shared, neighborhood, nationwide, and transnational.]]>

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