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作者 Satpathy, Siddharth
書名 A literary history of the pastoral subject
國際標準書號 9781267247742
book jacket
說明 243 p
附註 Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 73-07, Section: A, page:
Advisers: Dipesh Chakrabarty; Elaine Hadley
Thesis (Ph.D.)--The University of Chicago, 2012
This dissertation studies the formation of a pastoral subject in early nineteenth-century England and India. It traces the pastoral subject position across two archival sites: first, a voluminous body of evangelical narratives produced by a Victorian Baptist mission to Orissa, a province on the east coast of colonial India. Second, a select set of fictional narratives of education produced by canonical Victorian authors, Sarah Stickney Ellis and Charlotte Bronte
I conceptualize the pastoral subject as a witness to certain moments of tension between two prominent forms of European disciplinary modernity: Christian pastoral and secular governmental. In their influential analyses, Charles Taylor and Michel Foucault track a history of co-operation between pastoral and governmental forms of disciplinary power in the constitution of the modern European social and political order in the long eighteenth-century. I extend the scope of these analyses by excavating a pastoral subject position that resists absorption into an increasingly governmentalized social and political body
The dissertation employs translation as a method of critical enquiry as well as a description of the process of subject formation. The pastoral subject achieves visibility when we reconstruct two historical processes of translation. First, the way in which the European discourse of disciplinary modernity is translated into non-European societies through the modern missionary movement. Second, the way in which the European discourse of disciplinary modernity is translated into European literary culture in the novel of education, especially those written by authors with evangelical sympathies. The pastoral subject is the locus of these translations
I cast the history of this subject position and the translations he lives with as a literary history that is transnational. The pastoral subject that emerges in the evangelical narratives produced by the Baptist mission---constitutional narratives, ethnological pamphlets, topological descriptions, autobiographies---is best reconstructed by a mode of literary historiography that constitutes a dialogue between metropolitan and colonial literary traditions. Read in conjunction with these colonial narratives, which were heavily in circulation in the Victorian evangelical public sphere, the works of Ellis and Bronte become visible as populated by pastoral subjects who exceed the metropole-colony dyad
School code: 0330
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 73-07A
主題 Literature, Modern
Literature, Asian
Literature, English
South Asian Studies
Alt Author The University of Chicago. South Asian Languages and Civilizations and English Language and Literature
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