The global Indies: Reading the imaginative geography of British Empire, 1763--1871 [electronic resource].

Cohen, Ashley L.
311 p.
English literature
Irish literature
British literature
Caribbean literature
Oriental literature
Literature, Modern
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This dissertation argues that the so-called East and West Indies were vitally linked in eighteenth-century British and transatlantic literature in ways that have become difficult to grasp within our current scholarly frameworks. Although transnational paradigms such as the Atlantic and Indian Ocean worlds have revealed transnational relations within these regions, they have tended to occlude connections between them. Thus, even in the wake of the transnational turn in literary studies, the rich cultural, economic, and political networks that historically linked British Asia and the British Atlantic are still largely neglected. "The Global Indies" revises this picture, not by comparing the literature of the East and West Indies, but rather by reactivating an eighteenth-century worldview---visible in the period's literature---in which these regions form a single unit of analysis, a worldview epitomized in the figure of "the Indies." While ideologies of race, caste, slavery, and colonialism tend to be viewed from the perspective of either British India or the Atlantic world, I use the more global hermeneutic of "the Indies" to show how they developed in circulation between the Eastern and Western theaters of British imperialism.
Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 75-01(E), Section: A.
Advisers: Ania Loomba; Suvir Kaul.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Pennsylvania, 2013.
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University of Pennsylvania. English.
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