Category: Books

Enlightenment Orientalism: Resisting the Rise of the Novel

Srinivas Aravamudan here reveals how Oriental tales, pseudo-ethnographies, sexual fantasies, and political satires took Europe by storm during the eighteenth century. Naming this body of fiction Enlightenment Orientalism, he poses a range of urgent questions that uncovers the interdependence of Oriental tales and domestic fiction, thereby challenging standard scholarly narratives about the rise of the …

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Guru English: South Asian Religion in a Cosmopolitan Language

Guru English is a bold reconceptualization of the scope and meaning of cosmopolitanism, examining the language of South Asian religiosity as it has flourished both inside and outside of its original context for the past two hundred years. The book surveys a specific set of religious vocabularies from South Asia that, Aravamudan argues, launches a …

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Tropicopolitans: Colonialism and Agency, 1688–1804 (Post-Contemporary Interventions)

In Tropicopolitans Srinivas Aravamudan reconstructs the colonial imagination of the eighteenth century. By exploring representations of peoples and cultures subjected to colonial discourse, he makes a case for the agency—or the capacity to resist domination—of those oppressed. Aravamudan’s analysis of texts that accompanied European commercial and imperial expansion from the Glorious Revolution through the French …

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Obi; or, The History of Three-Fingered Jack

“Three-Fingered Jack,” the protagonist of this 1800 novel, is based on the escaped slave and Jamaican folk hero Jack Mansong, who was believed to have gained his strength from the Afro-Caribbean religion of obeah, or “obi.” His story, told in an inventive mix of styles, is a rousing and sympathetic account of an individual’s attempt to …

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Slavery, Abolition, and Emancipation: Writings in the British Romantic Period

This facsimile edition brings together a corpus of work which reflects the major issues and theories concerning slavery and the status of the slave. The Romantic period witnessed the beginnings of the sustained British imperial expansion that was to dominate its history, bringing with it a sometimes anxious awareness of other cultures and societies. This …

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