Romancing the Raj

interracial relations in Anglo-Indian romance novels

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Abstract

This article examines Anglo-Indian romance novels written by British women during the period of the Raj. It argues that these love stories were symptomatic of British fantasies of colonial India and served as a forum to explore interracial relations as well as experimenting with the modern femininity of the New Woman. With the achievement of Indian independence in 1947, British interest in India as a locus for romance rapidly declined, thus demonstrating that these novels were never concerned with India but with British lives and British colonialism.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages18
JournalHistory of intellectual culture
Volume4
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2004

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