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Title: Irish perspectives on the 1857 Indian "mutiny"
Author: Holinski , Sarah Raphaela
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2013
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This thesis is concerned with the examination of Irish perspectives on the 1857 Indian "mutiny," a foundation-shaking event of the British Empire, which had a fundamental impact not only on the colonial administration of India, but on Victorian imperial ideology in general. It has long been acknowledged that the rebellion sparked fervid responses in Britain, but until now, Irish reactions have been largely neglected, even though Ireland's human investment in India was considerable and it is therefore not surprising that the events also aroused substantial interest among the Irish public. The study of writings on the mutiny, covering various genres, has confirmed the existence of distinctly Irish perceptions and has thus shown that the reception of the rebellion was not homogenous across the United Kingdom, but that there were strong regional variations as in the case of Ireland. The Irish clearly viewed the colonial conflict through the prism of their own experience and situation with regard to England. This was how they related to it and this explains the instrumentalization of the uprising in the service of Irish agendas, be they Irish nationalist or pro-British in character. Irish attitudes ranged from identification with and glorification of the rebels, whose example the Irish were encouraged to follow, to outright condemnation of the treacherous and unjustifiable behaviour of the sepoys, which often went hand in hand with an emphasis of Irish support for British endeavours and sometimes with an assurance of Irish loyalty. Evidence of these attitudes can be found in the various genres I have considered. While newspapers, sermons, diaries, and ballads provide us with immediate responses, generally explicit and often highly emotional, later literary texts, especially novels, bear witness in more imaginative ways to the lasting effect of the uprising and the effort required to accommodate it.'.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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