Title: Delusions and Discoveries
Publisher: Allen Lane, 1972
Publication Date: 1972
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Edition: First Edition
Very Good/Very Good. First Edition. 369 pages, D/J PC, The Penguin Press. Bookseller Inventory # 007358
Synopsis: No cultural phenomenon of the 1970s and 1980s in Britain was more curious than the Raj revival, with its slew of films and fictions, its rage for memorabilia of imperial rule in India, and its strange nostalgia for a time and a world long since past. Today, with the arrival of so-called postcolonial studies, that revival lives on in a strange afterlife of critical study.
Writing some years before Raj nostalgia became all the rage, and out of the rather different political and intellectual climate of 1960s national liberation struggles, Benita Parry produced what remains one of the landmark studies of British attitudes towards India. Available for the first time in Paper, Delusions and Discoveries authoritatively surveys the mix of racist and jingoistic prejudices that dominated the writings of Anglo-Indians from Flora Annie Steele and Maud Diver to Kipling and beyond. The book also includes treatments of more liberal thinkers like Edmund Candler, Edward James Thompson and E. M. Forster, as well as a new preface by the author situating her work in relation to recent studies of the culture of colony and empire.
About the Author: Benita Parry is an Associate Fellow in the English Department of Warwick University. She is the author of Conrad and Imperialism and numerous essays and articles on the literature of imperialism, South African writing and postcolonial studies.
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