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Kurzbeschreibung Drawing on a vast array of textual sources, this analysis of the discourse of colonialism tracks the many narratives and narrative strategies of imperial domination. Focusing on British involvement in India, it shows how subtle changes of emphasis in written documents reflect evolving colonial attitudes towards their conquered territories, shifting from flights of the imagination to factual inquiry, to a narrative of exoticism and heterogeneity that safely compartmentalized colonial 'otherness' via natural history, ethnography and cartographies of disease.
Aus dem Inhalt Acknowledgements
1. Introducing: Colonial Discourse 2. Travel, Exploration and 'Discovery': From Imagination to Inquiry 3. The Discourse of Difference: Constructing the Colonial Exotic 4. Empire Management: From Domestication to Spectacle 5. Civilizing the Empire: Colonialism and the Ideology of Moral-Material Progress 6. Aesthetic Understanding: From Colonial English to Imperial Cosmopolitans