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Hartly House, Calcutta

Phebe Gibbes

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Hartly House, Calcutta
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This novel is a designedly political document. Written at the time of the Hastings impeachment and set in the period of Hastings's Orientalist government, Hartly House, Calcutta (1789) represents a dramatic delineation of the Anglo-Indian encounter. The novel constitutes a significant intervention in the contemporary debate concerning the nature of Hastings's rule of India by demonstrating that it was characterised by an atmosphere of intellectual sympathy and racial tolerance. Within a few decades the Evangelical and Anglicising lobbies frequently condemned Brahmans as devious beneficiaries of a parasitic priestcraft, but Phebe Gibbes's portrayal of Sophia's Brahman and the religion he espouses represent a perception of India dignified by a sympathetic and tolerant attempt to dispel prejudice. -- .

Author Biography

Michael J. Franklin is Professor of English at Swansea University Phebe Gibbeswas a prolific writer of as many as twenty-two novels, written in the decades between 1764 and 1798. She was a widow with two daughters, her son having died in India -- .
Release date NZ
February 13th, 2019
Contributor
Edited by Michael J. Franklin
Pages
280
Edition
2nd edition
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Manchester University Press
ISBN-13
9781526134370
Product ID
28124547

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