By Supriya Goswami
Colonial India in Children’s Literature is the 1st book-length examine to discover the intersections of children’s literature and defining historic moments in colonial India. attractive with very important theoretical and demanding literature that offers with colonialism, hegemony, and marginalization in kid's literature, Goswami proposes that British, Anglo-Indian, and Bengali children’s literature reply to 5 key ancient occasions: the missionary debates previous the constitution Act of 1813, the defeat of Tipu Sultan, the Mutiny of 1857, the delivery of Indian nationalism, and the Swadeshi stream caused by the Partition of Bengal in 1905. via a research of works by way of Mary Sherwood (1775-1851), Barbara Hofland (1770-1844), Sara Jeanette Duncan (1861-1922), Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), Upendrakishore Ray (1863-1915), and Sukumar Ray (1887-1923), Goswami examines how children’s literature negotiates and represents those momentous historic forces that unsettled Britain’s imperial targets in India.
Goswami argues that nineteenth-century British and Anglo-Indian children’s texts mirror specified moods in Britain’s colonial firm in India. Sherwood and Hofland (writing ahead of 1857) use the tropes of conversion and captivity as a way of awakening young children to the hazards of India, while Duncan and Kipling shift the emphasis to martial prowess, adaptability, and empirical wisdom as defining features in British and Anglo-Indian little ones. moreover, Goswami’s research of early nineteenth-century children’s texts written by means of girls authors redresses the preoccupation with male authors and boys’ event tales that experience principally proficient discussions of juvenility within the context of colonial India.
This groundbreaking publication additionally seeks to open up the canon through interpreting early twentieth-century Bengali children’s texts that not just draw literary proposal from nineteenth-century British children’s literature, yet whose subject matters are both formed via empire.
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Colonial India in Children’s Literature (Children's Literature and Culture) by Supriya Goswami