Explorations of India in the Nineteenth Century
DozentIn: Prof. Dr. phil. Thomas Kullmann
Zeiten: Mi. 18:00 - 19:30 (wöchentlich)
Beschreibung: In the nineteenth century India was largely ruled by Britain. Many British officers (civil and military) and their wives experienced India as a fascinating and challenging place. We are going to analyse these explorations of India with regard to the questions on what the British found fascinating and challenging, and how their experiences shaped colonial policies as well as attitudes with regard to foreign cultures.
We are going to read:
– Vindication of the Hindoos from the Aspersions of the Reverend Claudius Buchanan, by a Bengal Officer (1808)
– James Tod, Annals and Antiquities of Rajasthan, Part 1 (1829)
– William Henry Sleeman, Rambles and Recollections of an Indian Official (1844)
– Mrs. Colin Mackenzie. Life in the Mission, the Camp and the Zenana (1853)
Please copy the books from the master-copies left at Copy Shop Dialog, Süsterstr. 29 (from 7 July 2017). Credit requirements include regular attendance and an oral report. Please register for the course in one of my office hours (StudIP registration is not sufficient); anyone registering in person until 12 October 2017 will get a place in the course, irrespective of StudIP. And please make sure you have read the books by the beginning of the semester (there will be a short test on contents).