English in India, Images of India in fiction
This explores the changing "inner world" of the English in India, by examining "images" of India in the fiction of three English authors. The three are Rudyard Kipling, E. M. Forster, and Paul Scott. Citing Allen J. Greenberger, The British Image of India (London: Oxford University Press, 1960), Gokhale identifies these authors, respectively, with "the Age of Confidence (1860s to 1918), the Era of Anxiety (1919- 1935) and the Years of Sunset (1936-1947) " (pp. 31-32) . By an "inner world" he means to emphasize emotions and perceptions colored by emotions, rather than facts. For "images" he prefers to rely on realistic descriptions of landscapes and characters. This is a strategy that must be altered for Forster. Throughout, Gokhale provides historical backgrounds for the works of fiction he analyzes, but thinking of "history" as a known ''back ground" for "literature" makes it difficult for him to discover anything new about history from literature.
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Curley, David, "Review of: India in the Eyes of the British: Three Views, by Balkrishna Govind Gokhale" (1994). Global Humanities and Religion. 6.
Subjects - Topical (LCSH)
India--History--British occupation, 1765-1947; Authors--Political and social views; Politics and literature
Subjects - Names (LCNAF)
Gokhale, Balkrishna Govind. India in the eyes of the British