Insurgent Sepoys: Europe Views the Revolt of 1857
By: Shaswati Mazumdar (editor)Hardback
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The Revolt of 1857 in India has so far largely been viewed as an event that was of interest to British and Indian scholars investigating the various consequences of British colonial rule in India. What has remained out of the focus of study during the last 150 years is the possible impact of the Revolt elsewhere, its so to say international dimension: what, in particular, was the reaction in Europe where elemental social and political transformations were underway. Whatever the varied nature of the reactions, the space given to the Revolt in many European newspapers and journals while it was in progress is certainly extensive. What is more, representations of and reflections on the Revolt appeared both during the event and for long after its suppression, above all in forms of popular fiction but also in historical accounts, letters, reminiscences and other forms of writing. The collection of essays in this volume ventures into this unexplored terrain and offers a first look at some of these European responses.
Shaswati Mazumdar is Professor, Department of Germanic and Romance Studies, Arts Faculty, University of Delhi.
Introduction Part I. News and Views 1. German Responses: Theodor Fontane, Edgar Bauer, Wilhelm Liebknecht Claudia Reichel 2. French Counter-Narratives: Nationalisme, Patriotisme and Revolution Nicola Frith 3. Freedom and Democracy: The Revolt in the Italian Press Chiara Cherubini 4. A View of the Revolt in the Spanish Press Vibha Maurya and Maneesha Taneja 5. The Rebellion in Hungarian Newspapers and Journals Margit Koves 6. Czech Representations of India and the Rebellion, 1850-1930 Sarah Lemmen 7. Bulgarska Dnevnitsa: A Bulgarian response to the Uprising Rashmi Joshi Part II. Fact and Fiction 8. Retcliffe's Nena Sahib and the German Discourse on India Anil Bhatti 9. The Rebellion of an Indian Temple Dancer Carola Hilmes 10. The Stirring Story of the 'Cipays': Italian Narrative Responses Flaminia Nicora 11. 'Remember Cawnpore': The 'Massacre' in the Voice of Italian Narrators Sharmistha Lahiri 12. Emilio Salgari's The Two Tigers: Exoticism, Anti-Imperialism and Ambivalence Alessandro Portelli 13. Lost in Translation: Jules Verne and the Indian Rebellion Swati Dasgupta 14. 'A Great Insurrection': Jules Verne and British 'Mutiny' Fiction Suchitra Choudhury 15. The Rebellion in a 19th Century Indo-Portuguese Novel Everton V. Machado 16. Francisco Luis Gomes's 'Os Brahamanes': The Uprising and Anglo Indian Society Balaji Ranganathan 17. The Dragon of Fire: A Dramatic Representation of the Revolt Vijaya Venkataraman. About the Editor. Notes on Contributors. Index
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