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In her look at England, Grewal draws on nineteenth-century aesthetics, landscape art, and debates about women's suffrage and working-class education to show how all social classes, not only the privileged, were educated and influenced by imperialist travel narratives. By examining diverse forms of Indian travel to the West and its colonies and focusing on forms of modernity offered by colonial notions of travel, she explores how Indian men and women adopted and appropriated aspects of European travel discourse, particularly the set of oppositions between self and other, East and West, home and abroad.
Rather than being simply comparative, Home and Harem is a transnational cultural study of the interaction of ideas between two cultures. Addressing theoretical and methodological developments across a wide range of fields, this highly interdisciplinary work will interest scholars in the fields of postcolonial and cultural studies, feminist studies, English literature, South Asian studies, and comparative literature.
|I||English Imperial Culture|
|1||Home and Harem: Domesticity, Gender, and Nationalism||23|
|2||Empire and the Movement for Women's Suffrage in Britain||57|
|3||The Guidebook and the Museum||85|
|II||Euroimperial Travel and Indian Women|
|4||The Culture of Travel and the Gendering of Colonial Modernity in Nineteenth-Century India||133|
|5||Pandita Ramabai and Parvati Athavale: Homes for Women, Feminism, and Nationalism||179|