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by Suzanne Daly

  • ISBN: 0472071343
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Suzanne Daly
  • Subcategory: History & Criticism
  • Other formats: lit mbr lrf azw
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press (February 17, 2011)
  • Pages: 176 pages
  • FB2 size: 1264 kb
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  • Rating: 4.1
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The Empire Inside is a valuable addition to the recent material turn in Victorian studies, and its attention to the regular habitations of Indian things in Victorian domestic novels proves to be a rich mine for exploring ideas of the empire, and of Englishness. Victoriographies makes a convincing case that the origins of things may never be safely disregarded, however obscure they - or however common the things themselves - might appear to b. - Emily A. Haddad, Victorian Studies.

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Timothy Carens, College of Charleston. The Empire Inside is a valuable addition to the recent material turn in Victorian studies, and its attention to the regular habitations of Indian things in Victorian domestic novels proves to be a rich mine for exploring ideas of the empire, and of Englishness.

-Timothy Carens, College of Charleston. By the early nineteenth century, imperial commodities had become commonplace in middle-class English homes

The Empire Inside: Indian Commodities in Victorian Domestic Novels. English Victorian provincial novels can be distinguished from their Continental peers by the important role that the idea of semi-detachment plays in novelists ranging from Gaskell and Trollope to Eliot and even Hardy.

The Empire Inside: Indian Commodities in Victorian Domestic Novels. Semi-detached provincial novels explore the seemingly paradoxical process whereby local attachments can abet rather than thwart the experience of detached contemplation. This is an excellent book, an enjoyable read, and an important contribution to the political history of Victorian Britain. David Brown, University of Strathclyde. Sinclair, Georgina, ed. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2011. 'The Empire Inside' is unique in its tight focus on the objects from one geographical location, and their deployment in one genre of fiction. Elaine Freedgood, New York University. In Another Country: Colonialism, Culture, and the English Novel in India. New York: Columbia UP, 2002. Ann Arbor: U of Michigan P, 2011.

The Empire Inside: Indian Commodities in Victorian Domestic Novels, by Suzanne Daly (pp. 553-555). lt;em God's Empire: Religion and Colonialism in the British World, c. 1801–1908

Daly adroitly situates her book alongside recent studies of material culture by Elaine Freedgood and Bill Brown, as well as earlier examinations of imperialism and material culture by scholars such as Arjun Appadurai, Gayatri Spivak, and Patrick Brantlinger.

"The Empire Inside is unique in its tight focus on the objects from one geographical location, and their deployment in one genre of fiction. This combination results in a powerful study with a wealth of fine formal analyses of literary texts and a similar trove of marvelous historical data."---Elaine Freedgood, New York University

"In The Empire Inside, Suzanne Daly does a wonderful job integrating an array of primary materials, especially novels and journal essays, to show the extent to which these ‘foreign’ colonial products of India represented absolutely central aspects of domestic life, at once part of the unremarkable everyday experience of Victorians and rich with meanings."---Timothy Carens, College of Charleston

By the early nineteenth century, imperial commodities had become commonplace in middle-class English homes. Such Indian goods as tea, textiles, and gemstones led double lives, functioning at once as exotic foreign artifacts and as markers of proper Englishness. The Empire Inside: Indian Commodities in Victorian Domestic Novels reveals how Indian imports encapsulated new ideas about both the home and the world in Victorian literature and culture. In novels by Charlotte Brontë, Charles Dickens, and Anthony Trollope, the regularity with which Indian commodities appear bespeaks their burgeoning importance both ideologically and commercially. Such domestic details as the drinking of tea and the giving of shawls as gifts point us toward suppressed connections between the feminized realm of private life and the militarized realm of foreign commerce.

Tracing the history of Indian imports yields a record of the struggles for territory and political power that marked the coming-into-being of British India; reading the novels of the period for the ways in which they infuse meaning into these imports demonstrates how imperialism was written into the fabric of everyday life in nineteenth-century England. Situated at the intersection of Victorian studies, material cultural studies, gender studies, and British Empire studies, The Empire Inside is written for academics, graduate students, and advanced undergraduates in all of these fields.

Suzanne Daly is Associate Professor of English, University of Massachusetts Amherst.



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