Idolatry and the Colonial Idea of India: Visions of Horror, by Swagato Ganguly

By Swagato Ganguly

This booklet explores literary and scholarly representations of India from the 18th to the early twentieth centuries in South Asia and the West with idolatry as some extent of access. It charts the highbrow horizon during which the colonial inspiration of India was once framed, tracing resources and genealogies which tell even modern descriptions of the subcontinent.

Using idolatry as a concept-metaphor, the e-book traverses an bold course in the course of the works of William Jones, James Mill, Friedrich Max Müller, John Ruskin, Alice Perrin, E. M. Forster, Rammohan Roy and Bankimchandra Chatterjee. It unearths how faith and paganism, background and literature, Oriental proposal and Western metaphysics, and social reform and schooling have been spread out and debated by means of them. the writer underlines how idolatry, irrationality and social sickness got here to be associated via discourses expert through Enlightenment, missionary rhetoric and colonial cause.

This publication will attract students and researchers in background, anthropology, literature, tradition stories, philosophy, faith, sociology and South Asian experiences in addition to an individual attracted to colonial reviews and histories of the Enlightenment.

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