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Hobson-Jobson

The Definitive Glossary of British India

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

June 2015

ISBN: 9780198718000

624 pages
Paperback
196x129mm

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Oxford World's Classics

Price: £8.99

Hobson-Jobson is a unique lexicon of British India. Part dictionary, part encyclopedia it shows how words of Indian origin entered the English language and offers insight into Victorian views of Asia and the way cultures transform one another. Quirky and entertaining, this selected edition includes a fascinating introduction and notes.

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Hobson-Jobson is a unique lexicon of British India. Part dictionary, part encyclopedia it shows how words of Indian origin entered the English language and offers insight into Victorian views of Asia and the way cultures transform one another. Quirky and entertaining, this selected edition includes a fascinating introduction and notes.

  • Hobson-Jobson is a unique lexicon of British India, part dictionary, part social history, a hugely entertaining compilation of words and phrases. This is the only edition to include 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.
  • Sensitively abridged to preserve the range and idiosyncratic nature of the original, focusing on entries of particular cultural, historical, linguistic, and literary interest.
  • 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.

About the Author(s)

Henry Yule and A. C. Burnell

Edited by Kate Teltscher, University of Roehampton

Kate Teltscher has written about Indian literature and colonial works for both an academic and general readership. Her book The High Road to China: George Bogle, the Panchen Lama and the First British Expedition to Tibet (Bloomsbury, 2006; Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2007) was shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Biography.

Reviews

'Everyone interested in British India should have a copy.' - Andrew Robinson, The Independent

'Hobson-Jobson is a rare dictionary that can be read for pleasure' - Christopher Howse, Sunday Telegraph

'Teltscher's introduction to this new abridged edition is a model of scholarship and readability.' - Neel Mukherjee, Financial Times