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Imperial BabelTranslation, Exoticism, and the Long Nineteenth Century$
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Padma Rangarajan

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823263615

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823263615.001.0001

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Romantic Metanoia:

Romantic Metanoia:

Conversion and Cultural Translation in India

(p.61) Chapter Three Romantic Metanoia
Imperial Babel

Padma Rangarajan

Fordham University Press

After the male-authored oriental tales of the previous chapter, this chapter examines the radical possibility in female-authored oriental novels. In its analysis of two of these novels, The Missionary and Hartly House, Calcutta, the chapter considers how interracial romance is used as an allegorical framework through which to consider the efficacy of cultural translation. Using On the Education of the People of India as an interstitial text, the chapter situates the novels within two of the crucial debates of the time: the purpose of evangelism in Imperial India and the role of English in native education.

Keywords:   metanoia, conversion, missionaries, The Missionary, Hartly House, On the Education of the People of India, oriental novel

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