This book investigates Rammohun Roy as a transnational celebrity. It examines the role of religious heterodoxy - particularly Christian Unitarianism - in transforming a colonial outsider into an imagined member of the emerging Victorian social order It uses his fame to shed fresh light on nineteenth-century British reformers, including advocates of liberty of the press, early feminists, free trade imperialists, and constitutional reformers such as Jeremy Bentham. Rammohun Roy's intellectual agendas are also interrogated, particularly how he employed Unitarianism and the British satiric tradition to undermine colonial rule in Bengal and provincialize England as a laggard nation in the progress towards rational religion and political liberty.
|Publisher:||Palgrave Macmillan US|
|Series:||Palgrave Studies in Cultural and Intellectual History|
|Edition description:||1st ed. 2010|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)|
About the Author
LYNN ZASTOUPIL is Professor of History at Rhodes College, USA,and author of John Stuart Mill and India (1994).
Table of ContentsIntroduction:The Celebrated Rammohun Roy The Unitarians Rammohun Roy, Thomas Jefferson, and the Bible Rammohun Roy, Celebrity Unitarian Slavery and Sati Rammohun Roy and Early Victorian Feminism Liberty of the Press Free Trade and a Reformed Parliament Provincializing England Rammohun Roy, MP? Epilogue: A Fitting Statue on College Green