359 Seiten, Hardcover,
15,5 cm x 22,5 cm, 2023
India has been fascinating travellers from the earliest ages of history, and has been described as a wondrous world of incredible wealth, as well as a somewhat mysterious place, by authors from many countries.
The present volume is organized according to two main principles. First, we aim to dissect images of India in the long 19th century from multiple perspectives, images from a time during which the subcontinent saw a time of transition in many aspects of life, politics, and culture. Second, we seek to introduce narratology into the field of Indian cultural history as an innovative methodological tool that allows us to delve through the words of a text to its worlds and to generate our findings within a consistent theoretical and methodological framework and to compare them transculturally. To this end, the volume comprises six case studies, each analysing a thrilling and somewhat exceptional encounter with India during the long nineteenth century. The narratives under consideration are told by authors from different cultural backgrounds, in different languages and with different aims.
Prof. Dr. Anna Kollatz holds the chair for Middle Eastern History and Islamic Studies at the University of Heidelberg. She is a co-editor of the series Narratio Aliena?, and a member of the Bonn Centre for Transcultural Narratology (BZTN) and the Cluster of Excellence “Beyond Slavery and Freedom. Asymmetrical Dependencies in Pre-modern Societies”.
Tilmann Kulke is Associate Professor for Islamic and Global History at Ilia State University Tbilisi, Georgia. His recent publications include From Florence to Goa and Beyond. Essays in Early Modern Global History, Florence: European University Institute Press, 2022, together with Irene Vicente Martín, and the Georgian translation of Sebastian Conrad’s What is Global History? Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2016, together with Nino Doborjginidze and Oliver Reisner [= Sebast’ian K’onradi: Ra aris Globaluri Ist’oria? Tbilisi: Ilias Universit’et’is Gamomtsemloba, in print]. His current research project on enlightened reforms in Georgia, c. 1750–1830, also together with Nino Doborjginidze, gets founded by the Rustaveli Foundation from 2023 onwards.