The Containment & Re-deployment of English India

Essays devoted to English India as it appears in Romantic studies, and the institutional effects of colonial discourse. Edited by Daniel J. O'Quinn, essays by Siraj Ahmed, L. M. Findlay, Daniel J. O'Quinn, Rita Raley, Susan B. Taylor, and Kate Teltscher.

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Daniel J. O'Quinn, "Through Colonial Spectacles: the Irish Vizier and the Female-Knight in James Cobb's Ramah Droog" The Containment and Re-deployment of English India, edited by Daniel J. O'Quinn

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John Inigo Richards, sketch of set design for Act I, scene 2 of James Cobb's Ramah Droog, produced at Covent Garden, November 1798. From the Enthoven Collection and by permission of the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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Daniel J. O'Quinn, "Through Colonial Spectacles: the Irish Vizier and the Female-Knight in James Cobb's Ramah Droog" The Containment and Re-deployment of English India, edited by Daniel J. O'Quinn

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Title page. Joseph Mazzinghi, The Favourite Overture to Ramah Droog. Composed and Arranged for Two Performers on One Piano-Forte. London, 1798. By permission of Fisher Rare Books Library, University of Toronto.

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O'Quinn, "Through Colonial Spectacles: the Irish Vizier and the Female-Knight in James Cobb's Ramah Droog"

James Cobb's popular comic opera Ramah Droog offers a useful site for examining the ways that representations of colonial space and of sexual deviance come together to generate a phantasm of a heteronormative imperial Britain. The set designs of Cobb's opera are explicitly linked to Thomas and William Daniells illustrations of Indian landscape and the essay demonstrates how key aspects of the visuality of the opera celebrate Cornwallis's victory over Tipu Sultan. This celebration is crucial for the play suggests a parallel between Cornwallis's defeat of Tipu and his later subjugation of Irish rebels in Wexford. These parallels are elaborated through the play's deployment of characters who are both ethnically and sexually cross-dressed. The presentation of a feminized Irish vizier and a masculinized Irish female knight constitutes a rupture in conventional theatrical representation and as such points toward the silent construction of heteronormative British imperial subjects at the opera's close.
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A View of the Inside of a Zananah


Daniel J. O'Quinn, Introduction The Containment and Re-deployment of English India, edited by Daniel J. O'Quinn

"A View of the Inside of a Zananah. Engraved by W. Skelton from an Indian Painting in the Possession of William Hodges R. A." from William Hodges, Travels in India During the Years of 1780, 1781, 1782, & 1783 (London: J. Edwards, 1793). By permission of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

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A View of Calcutta


Daniel J. O'Quinn, Introduction The Containment and Re-deployment of English India, edited by Daniel J. O'Quinn

"A View of Calcutta, taken from Fort William. Engraved by W. Byrne from a Picture Painted by W. Hodges R.A. in the Collection of Warren Hastings Esq." from William Hodges, Travels in India During the Years of 1780, 1781, 1782, & 1783 (London: J. Edwards, 1793). By permission of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

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The Pass of Sichi Gulley


Daniel J. O'Quinn, Introduction The Containment and Re-deployment of English India, edited by Daniel J. O'Quinn

"The Pass of Sichi Gully from Bengal entering in the Province of Bahar. Engraved by W. Angus from a Picture Painted by W. Hodges R. A. in the Collection of Warren Hastings Esq." from William Hodges, Travels in India During the Years 1780, 1781, 1782, & 1783 (London: J. Edwards, 1793). By permission of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto.

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A View of the Fort of Gwalior


Daniel J. O'Quinn, Introduction The Containment and Re-deployment of English India, edited by Daniel J. O'Quinn

"A View of the Fort of Gwalior. Engraved by W. Byrne from a Picture Painted by W. Hodges R. A. in the Collection of Warren Hasings Esq." from William Hodges, Travels in India During the Years 1780, 1781, 1782, & 1783 (London: J. Edwards, 1793). By permission of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto.

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