Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Imperial ambivalence and the sublime: Ecocritical readings of Jemima Kindersley's "Letters" and William Hodges' "Travels"
by Stuart, Andrew David, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2013, 77; 1523189
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis examines two important travelogues from the eighteenth-century Anglo-Indian encounter through an ecocriticallens informed by object-oriented ontology. Possible syntheses of postcolonial and ecocritical theory are postulated. Various interpretations of the sublime are considered to demonstrate that moments of the sublime in Jemima Kindersley's Letters and William Hodges' Travels are indicative of intimacy and identification with India and the Indian people. This intimacy with the alien Otherness of India opens a third position of ambivalence in the debate between the monolithic poles of innocent imaginative literature and exploitative rhetorical domestication in postcolonial scholarship.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Schurer, Norbet
Commitee: Carlile, Susan, Hart, George
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: English
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: British and Irish literature, South Asian Studies
Publication Number: 1523189
ISBN: 978-1-303-20454-8
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