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Idolatry and the colonial idea of India : visions of horror, allegories of enlightenment

Author: Swagato Ganguly
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon : Routledge, [2018]
Series: South Asian history and culture.
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"This book explores literary and scholarly representations of India from the 18th to the early 20th centuries in South Asia and the West with idolatry as a point of entry. It charts the intellectual horizon within which the colonial idea of India was framed, tracing sources and genealogies which inform even contemporary descriptions of the subcontinent. Using idolatry as a concept-metaphor, the book traverses an  Read more...
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Ganguly, Swagato.
Idolatry and the colonial idea of India.
Abingdon, Oxon : Routledge, [2018]
(OCoLC)989032771
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Swagato Ganguly
ISBN: 9781351584678 1351584677
OCLC Number: 1001337991
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Chapter Introduction: idolatry from Plato to Indiana Jones --
chapter 1 William Jones and James Mill: the duplicity of the colonial image --
chapter 2 Idolatry and fetishism in the fin de siecle: the Orientalism of Friedrich Max Muller --
chapter 3 The aesthetic image and the idolatrous grotesque / John Ruskin, Alice Perrin and E.M. Forster --
chapter 4 Reforming idolatrous Hinduism: Rammohan Roy and Bankimchandra Chatterjee --
chapter 5 Conclusion: idolatry, ideology and the nation-state.
Series Title: South Asian history and culture.
Responsibility: Swagato Ganguly.

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"This book explores literary and scholarly representations of India from the 18th to the early 20th centuries in South Asia and the West with idolatry as a point of entry. It charts the intellectual horizon within which the colonial idea of India was framed, tracing sources and genealogies which inform even contemporary descriptions of the subcontinent. Using idolatry as a concept-metaphor, the book traverses an ambitious path through the works of William Jones, James Mill, Friedrich Max Mueller, John Ruskin, Alice Perrin, E.M. Forster, Rammohan Roy and Bankimchandra Chatterjee. It reveals how religion and paganism, history and literature, oriental thought and western metaphysics, and social reform and education were unfolded and debated by them. The author underlines how idolatry, irrationality and social disorder came to be linked by discourses informed by Enlightenment, missionary rhetoric and colonial reason. This book will appeal to scholars and researchers in history, anthropology, literature, culture studies, philosophy, religion, sociology and South Asian studies as also anyone interested in colonial studies and histories of the Enlightenment."--Provided by publisher.

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"In his rich study of the Western imagination of India, Swagato Ganguly shows how the notion of `idolatry' was established, and perceived, by eighteenth and nineteenth-century British historians and Read more...

 
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