White, D: From Little London to Little Bengal

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A major contribution to studies of Romantic imperialism, White's book blazes a new trail, spectacularly depicting the transoceanic circuits and thick citational practices through which Indians and Britons-whether in 'Little London' in Bengal or 'Little Bengal' in London-negotiated their ways of being and knowing in an imperial matrix. -- Kathleen Wilson, Stony Brook University Embracing literature, book history, material culture, the history of colonialism and imperialism, and religious studies, White's illuminating account of the circulation of persons and things, and ideas and practices between Britain and Bengal in the early nineteenth century offers a powerful revision of our understanding of global modernity. Theoretically nuanced, carefully researched, and beautifully argued, From Little London to Little Bengal is an important book. -- Lynn Festa, Rutgers University White's fascinating book traces an arc between the West and the East in early nineteenth-century empire, contributing invaluably to our understanding of how the cultural formulation of the modern was defined in the public arena in simultaneous ways. That modernity everywhere is a story not of linear transition but of circular exchange is beautifully shown here through the spaces of secular and sacred visual culture, politics, poetry, urban heterogeneity and local cosmopolitanisms, complicating conventional notions of both centre and periphery. -- Rosinka Chaudhuri, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta Always thoughtful and precise, White proves an invigorating and rigorous guide through complexities which he has himself excavated and problematized. It is a richly rewarding book in its attention to significant detail, its subtle and imaginative use of theory, and its masterful negotiation of the archive. To write a book at once deeply scholarly and thoroughly readable is no easy task, but this is what White has superbly achieved. -- Michael J. Franklin, Swansea University
The British Empire in India involved recursive transactions between the global East and West, channeling cultural, political, and religious formations that were simultaneously distinct and shared, local, national, and transnational.

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