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Category: Area Studies -> India -> Inventory #21110
Reversing the Gaze : Amar Singh's Diary, a Colonial Subject's Narrative of Imperial India
Rudolph, Susanne Hoeber; Rudolph, Lloyd I.; Kanota, Mohan Singh
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Publisher: Westview Press
Place: Colorado & London
Year: 2002
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 0813336260
Binding: Cloth
Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall
Book Condition: Very Good
Jacket Condition: Very Good
An engrossing narrative of a colonial subjects life contemplating his Imperial masters at the height of colonialism in India; based upon the first eight years of his life-long diary. Amar Singh, a Rajput nobleman and officer in the Indian Army, kept a diary for 44 years from 1898, when he was twenty, until his death in 1942. In it he writes about the Jodhpur court, the Imperial Cadet Corps, and the British Expeditionary Force in China during the Boxer rebellion. A century before hybridity, he constructs a hybrid self, an Edwardian officer cum gentleman and a martial Rajput cum manor lord. With the diary acting as alter ego and best friend, Amar Singh resists becoming a coolie for the raj when he finds the British to be racist masters as well as friends. He writes and reads extensively to keep himself amused, he says, and to avoid the boredom of princedom and raj philistinism. Here the authors focus on the first eight years of Amar Singhs diary (1898-1905), offering a rare and intimate glimpse into British colonialism from the point of view of a colonial subject. Illustrated with fifty photographs and facsimiles from Amar Singhs readings.633pp.
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