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Published: 12 July 2013

624 Pages

7.7 x 5.1 inches

ISBN: 9780199601134

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The Definitive Glossary of British India

Henry Yule and A. C. Burnell
Edited by Kate Teltscher

  • Hobson-Jobson is a unique lexicon of British India, part dictionary, part social history, a hugely entertaining compilation of words and phrases, here published for the first time with an introduction and notes that shed light on the book's origins, influence, and cultural significance.
  • A classic work of Victorian scholarship, the glossary unlocks the Raj through its language and is the perfect introduction to colonial attitudes and companion to Indian literature from Kipling to Salman Rushdie.
  • The introduction traces the book's creation, reception, and literary influence, revealing its influence on the Oxford English Dictionary and the attitudes that influenced the choice of entries and their treatment.
  • Notes explain historical and cultural references and reveal how the glossary both reinforces and challenges Indian stereotypes.
  • This selected edition preserves the range and idiosyncratic nature of the original, focusing on entries of particular cultural, historical, and literary interest.

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