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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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“Paths Too Long Obscure”:

“Paths Too Long Obscure”:

The Translations of Jones and Müller

(p.98) Chapter Four “Paths Too Long Obscure”
Imperial Babel

Padma Rangarajan

Fordham University Press

This chapter considers the changing dynamics of nineteenth-century orientalist scholarship through the work of two of its most famous scholars: William Jones and Max Müller. Using Jones’s Hindoo Hymns for insight into the author’s translative and aesthetic politics, the chapter then considers Jones’s legacy in the work of his most famous successor, Max Müller. The chapter then turn to Müller’s largely forgotten influence on Victorian culture before examining his attempts to revive an earlier zeal for orientalist scholarship in an era of imperial fatigue and racial suspicion. The chapter then turns briefly to The Rubáiyát and The Light of Asia as fitting poetic epilogues for the history of nineteenth-century British orientalism.

Keywords:   Sir William Jones, Max Müller, orientalism, The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyam, The Light of Asia, Hindoo Hymns

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