SEX AND SENSIBILITY: Richard Blechynden's Calcutta Diaries, 1791-1822

Overview

Richard Blechynden was a surveyor, architect, and builder in early colonial Bengal. This volume and its companion (Sentiment and Self) use 80 volumes of his diaries and other archival material along with anecdotes, extracts, and stories to recreate histories of everyday life.

While Sentiment and Self explores issues like interactions between Europeans and Indians, race and tolerance, this volume focuses on the position of women, especially concubines, or bibis and their sexual ...

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Overview

Richard Blechynden was a surveyor, architect, and builder in early colonial Bengal. This volume and its companion (Sentiment and Self) use 80 volumes of his diaries and other archival material along with anecdotes, extracts, and stories to recreate histories of everyday life.

While Sentiment and Self explores issues like interactions between Europeans and Indians, race and tolerance, this volume focuses on the position of women, especially concubines, or bibis and their sexual and emotional relationships; the social milieu of the early empire; dynamics of household; contexts for cross-cultural contact and misunderstanding; the complexities of class, culture, and race; and the overlapping public and private life. It examines the domestic life, personal sensibilities, and private and public persona of the main diarist, Richard Blechynden.

This book will interest scholars and students of modern Indian history, gender studies, cultural studies, and British Imperialism, as well as those interested in biographies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198075110
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 12/21/2011
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Robb is former Pro-Director, Head of the Department of History, and Chair of the Centre of South Asian Studies.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Blechynden Family Tree
Glossary
1. The Diaries of Richard Blechynden (1759-1822)
2. In Search of Wives
3. A Concubine's Lot
4. Pleasure and Pain
5. Mary Walker: Betrayal and Passion
Appendix 5.1. A Narrative from Diary Entries Relating to Mary Walker
6. Charlotte: Binding Conditions
7. Kin and Concubine
8. Isabella: Sensibilities and Sense
9. Calcutta Lives
Notes
Index

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