The British Raj and the Memsahib
This book argues that although the memsahib’s female gaze has been spoken of, it has not been adequately emphasized and examined. Aiming at filling that gap by uncovering the world of British India as seen and shown by white women in colonial as well as postcolonial literatures, this compilation brings together scholarly essays on memsahibs’ literature and Raj writings, including men’s writings about memsahibs, spanning from before India’s independence to the post-Independence period.
A Collection of Essays
In this impressive collection, twelve of Victor Mair’s essays were carefully selected with the intention to show a clear picture of the development of his brilliant scholarship by including pieces from different phases of his career. This rare collection showcases Dr. Mair’s expertise in Medieval Chinese literature (especially in vernacular literature which was greatly influenced by exotic Buddhism), his insightful grasp of the cultural interactions between China and its neighbors (including India, Iran, and the ethnic groups to the south of China), and his significant contributions to philosophy and archeology.
Although previous publications have addressed patronage in the eighteenth-century Austro-German context, major questions relating to artistic influence, changing contexts of viewing and the employment of itinerant musicians and artists in eighteenth-century German courts still remain unaddressed. To address this, the book offers an interdisciplinary perspective, and gathers its conclusions from the interrelated fields of philosophy, visual culture, literature and print culture. Through its specific case-focused approach, the volume makes a departure from prior scholarship by identifying these as mutually exclusive fields.
The Visionary Quest for a New Language
As the twentieth century dawned, artists and writers became convinced that there was more to reality than physical appearance and turned their gaze inward and adopted a number of unconventional approaches. Paradoxically, considering that they strove to give a more faithful impression of reality, their experiments were overwhelmingly anti-realistic. This book illuminates this period of modern aesthetics. It will appeal not only to scholars of twentieth-century literature but also to those working in the field of modern art.