Hartly House, Calcutta: Phebe Gibbes (Paperback)

Hartly House, Calcutta: Phebe Gibbes By Michael J. Franklin (Editor) Cover Image

Hartly House, Calcutta: Phebe Gibbes (Paperback)

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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.
Michael J. Franklin is Professor of English in Swansea University, and has published widely upon representations of India
Product Details ISBN: 9781526134370
ISBN-10: 1526134373
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication Date: February 13th, 2019
Pages: 272
Language: English