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The Other Empire: Metropolis, India and Progress in the Colonial Imagination

John Marriott


This is a detailed study of the various ways in which London and India were imaginatively constructed by British observers during the nineteenth century. This process took place within a unified field of knowledge that brought together travel and evangelical accounts to exert a formative influence on the creation of London and India for the domestic reading public. Their distinct narratives, rhetoric and chronologies forged homologies between representations of the metropolitan poor and colonial subjects—those constituencies that were seen as the most threatening to imperial progress. Thus the ... More

Keywords: metropolitan poor, colonial subjects, imperial progress, western civilization, racial hierarchies, nineteenth-century imagination, centre and periphery, Pierce Egan, James Forbes, Emma Roberts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780719060182
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719060182.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Marriott, author