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Colonial Aesthetics

I have written before about Juliette Derricotte‘s response to the beauty she experienced in India and my struggle to conceptualize it. It was so exciting to stumble upon English Writing and India by Pramod Nayar on google books recently. Here is the general description:Mysore Palace, Derricotte’s destinationThis book explores the formations and configurations of British colonial discourse on India through a reading of prose narratives of the 1600-1920 period. Arguing that colonial discourse often relied on aesthetic devices in order to describe and assert a degree of narrative control over Indian landscape, Pramod Nayar demonstrates how aesthetics furnished Read more