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Sentiment and Self

Peter Robb

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780198075127
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080878 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198075127.001.0001
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This volume examines the diaries of Richard Blechynden, a surveyor, architect, and builder in Calcutta. Sifting through anecdotes, extracts, and stories from over eighty volumes of diaries and papers, this book and its companion give a unique perspective into colonial households, daily life, corruption in law and private conduct, and emerging norms of identity. It explores the British impact on Indians and the Indian experience of the British, and shows detailed portraits of the servants and the children in Blechynden's household. The book also examines employer–employee relations between the colonials and the Indians, as well as the gross imperfections of petty systems of administration and justice. Finally, it reveals the status of the diarist's illegitimate children, including mixed-race children, their culture, their employment, and marriages, and his attempts to make them English.

Keywords: Richard Blechynden; servants; marriage; employment; colonial households; identity

Book.  312 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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Making Sense in Sentiment and Self

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A Pernicious Race? in Sentiment and Self

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Your Obedient Servant? in Sentiment and Self

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Law and Disorder in Sentiment and Self

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Raising a Family in Sentiment and Self

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Jobs for the Boys in Sentiment and Self

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Brides and Prejudice in Sentiment and Self

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