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The Diaries of Richard Blechynden, 1759–1822

Peter Robb

in Sex and Sensibility

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780198075110
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080885 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198075110.003.0001
The Diaries of Richard Blechynden, 1759–1822

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This chapter provides a brief account of the life of Richard Blechynden and an overview of the seventy-three volumes of his Calcutta diaries. The chapter ends with a basic outline of the position of women and gender relations in colonial Calcutta. The diaries served two basic purposes for Blechynden—as a literary exercise and an emotional and moral force. It discusses the concept of marriage and the position of bibis and the status of children arising out of such liaisons.

Keywords: diaries; colonial Calcutta; marriage

Chapter.  6380 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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