Colonial Narratives/Cultural Dialogues: 'Discoveries' of by Jyotsna Singh

By Jyotsna Singh

Colonial Narratives/Cultural Dialogues demonstrates the ongoing validity of the colonial paradigm because it maps the geographical, political, and resourceful area of 'India/Indies' from the 17th century to the current. Breaking new flooring in postcolonial stories, Jyotsna Singh highlights the interconnections between early sleek colonial encounters, later manifestations within the Raj and their lingering impression within the postcolonial Indian nationalist state.
Singh demanding situations the idea of eye-witness money owed and unmeditated reviews implcit in colonial representational practices, and infrequently left unchallenged within the postcolonial era.
crucial introductory interpreting for college kids and lecturers, Colonial Narratives/Cultural Dialogues re-evaluates the subsequent texts:
* 17th century commute narratives approximately India
* eighteenth century 'nabob' texts
* letters of the Orientalist, Sir William Jones
* stories of Shakespearean productions in Calcutta and postcolonial Indo-Anglian novels

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16 And as he did not know Persian, the Court language, his own problems with linguistic and cultural translation, as described in his journal and letters, are transformed into a recurring complaint against Indian linguistic and legal practices. For instance, in trying to translate the letters he brought from James I to the Mogul king, Jehangir, Roe expresses his frustration to his employers: “For the Brokers here will not speak but what shall please; yea, they would alter the King’s letter because his name was before the Mughals, which I would not allow” (quoted in Cohn 28 COLONIAL NARRATIVES/CULTURAL DIALOGUES 1985:278).

18 Overall, these curious exchanges point to the more interactive and playful aspects of cultural encounters—aspects that are often obscured in Roe’s singular complaint about the inscrutable customs and lack of written laws. Ultimately, however, the English were able to establish their influence in the face of cultural differences and ambiguities, as Edward Terry so aptly sums up: The Mogul, sometimes by his Firmauns, or Letters Patents, will grant some particular things into single or persons and presently after will contradict those Graunts by other Letters….

11 II Sir Thomas Roe’s journal and letters written from India12—from the site of the commercial and political exchanges—are constrained by official inscriptions of policy, as are his encounters with Indians with whom he negotiates trading privileges. When Thomas Best brought home glowing accounts of the possibilities of trade in India, the East India Company recognized the threats posed to such a venture by the Portuguese, who already had a base on the Western coast. Therefore Sir Thomas Smythe, the Governer of the Company in 1614, requested James I on behalf of the English merchants to send a man “of extraordinary partes to reside att Agra to preuent any plottes that may be wrought by the Iesuites [accompanying the Portuguese] to circumvent our trade” (quoted in Foster 1899:iii).

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