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Empire and Romance: John Masters's Nightrunners of Bengal
Ege Journal of British and American Studies (2012)
  • Fikret Mehmet Arargüc

This article discusses the importance of romance in the fictional representations of the Indian Uprising in 1857 and the Raj in general. The uprising deeply impacted the psyche of both British and Indian writers; however, until the end of the Raj’s rule, only British and Anglo-Indian romances comprised the (official) literary output of the event. Bearing this in mind and considering that the literary and ideological format of romance with its emphasis on wish-fulfilment had stimulated a widespread imperial utilization, and that these romances later turned into highly influential historical documents, Arargüç contends that the romance became the authoritative narrative of the discourse of British imperialism. Through the analysis of John Masters’ Nightrunners of Bengal, Arargüç seeks to display the significance of romance and its interrelation with imperialism even in a post-imperial(ist) romance; he further attempts to construe ‘Masters’ post-imperial concern with the uprising.

  • imperial romance,
  • romance,
  • imperialist fiction,
  • Nightrunners of Bengal,
  • John Masters,
  • Raj
Publication Date
Fall 2012
Citation Information
Fikret Mehmet Arargüc. "Empire and Romance: John Masters's Nightrunners of Bengal" Ege Journal of British and American Studies Vol. 21 Iss. 1-2 (2012)
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