Further Reading

Primary Sources:

Eden, Emily. Letters from India, vol. 1 & 2, ed. Eleanor Eden. London: Richard Bentley and Son, 1872.


Eden, Emily. Up the Country: Letters Written to her sister from the Upper Provinces of India London: Richard Bentley, 1867.


Emily Eden Collection: Paintings and Sketches. Victoria Memorial Hall (VMH), Kolkata, India.

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Secondary Sources:

Emily Eden

Dubino, Jeanne. “ ‘Picturesque in its Motley Processions’ The Infrastructure of Empire in Emily Eden’s Up the Country.” Politics, Identity, and Mobility in Travel Writing, edited by Miguel, Cabanas, Jeanne Dubino, Veronica Salles-Reese, and Gary Totten, Ch. 12. New York: Routledge, 2016.


Dunbar, Janet. Golden Interlude. London: John Murray, 1955.

Mukherjee, Pablo. “Touring the Dead Lands: Emily Eden, Victorian Famines, and Colonial Picturesque.” Critical Survey 21, no.1 (2009): 24-38. https://go.exlibris.link/tQgC49D6

Poon, Angelia. “Seeing Double: performing English identity and imperial duty in Emily Eden’s Up the Country and Harriet Martineau’s British Rule in India”. Women’s History Review 12, no.3 (2005): 453-470. https://go.exlibris.link/MNkKF9pr

Prior, Mary Ann. An Indian Portfolio: The Life and Works of Emily Eden, London: Quartet Books Limited, 2012.

Svendsen, Amalie Due. “Representations of the East: Orientalism is Eden Eden’s Travel Writing.” Leviathan: Interdisciplinary Journal in English 2 (2018): 60-70.

Thompson, Edward. ‘Introduction” to Up the Country: Letters written to Her Sister from the Upper Provinces of India, by Emily Eden London: Curzon Press, 1930. p ix-xiv.

Women in India

Barr, Pat The Memsahibs: The Women of Victorian India London: Secker & Warburg, 1976.

Ghose, Indira. Women Travellers in Colonial India: The Power of the Female Gaze. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1999.

Gust, Onni. “Mobility, Gender and Empire in Maria Graham’s Journal of a Residence in India (1812)”, Gender & History 29, no. 2 (August 2017), 273-291. https://go.exlibris.link/YzjjnWCM 

Keay, Julia. With Passport and Parasol. BBC Books: London, 1989.

Pemble, John, ed. Miss Fane in India. Gloucester, UK: Alan Sutton Publishing Limited, 1985.

Ray, Romita, “The memsahib’s brush: Anglo-Indian women and the art of the picturesque, 1830-1880.” In Orientalism Transposed: The Impact of the Colonies on British Culture, edited by Julie F. Codell and Dianne Sachko, 89-116. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 1998.

Schroeder, Janice. “Strangers in Every Port: Stereotypes of Victorian Women Travelers” Victorian Review, 24, no. 2 (Winter 1998), 118-129. https://go.exlibris.link/hFbZSBWN

Women and Empire

Hall, Catherine Civilising Subjects. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2002.

Hall, Catherine “Of Gender and Empire: Reflections on the Nineteenth Century.” In Gender and Empire, edited by Philippa Levine, 46-76. London: Oxford University Press, 2004. https://go.exlibris.link/k0mfKbMx

Catherine Hall, “The Rule of Difference: Gender, Class and Empire in the Making of the 1832 Reform Act” in Gendered Nations: Nationalisms and Gender Order in the Long Nineteenth Century, edited by I. Blom, K. Hagemann & C. Hall, 107-135. Oxford: Berg Publishers, 2000.

Midgley, Clare. “Female Emancipation in an Imperial Frame: English women and the campaign against sati (widow burning) in India, 1813-1830.” Women’s History Review 9, no.1, (2000), 95-121. https://go.exlibris.link/1pm5949r        

Mills, Sara. “Knowledge, Gender, and Empire” chapter in Writing Women and Space, edited by Alison Blunt & Gillian Rose, New York: The Gilford Press, 1994.

Rendall, Jane “The condition of women, women’s writing and the Empire in nineteenth-century Britain.” In At Home with the Empire: Metropolitan Culture and the Imperial World, edited by Catherine Hall & Sonya O. Rose, 101-121. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.  https://go.exlibris.link/5DpGRw9s

Travel Writing

Ghose, Indira, ed. Nineteenth Century Travels, Explorations and Empires: Writings from the Era of Imperial Consolidation, 1835-1910, Volume 3: India.  London: Pickering & Chatto, 2003.

Poon, Angelia Enacting Englishness in the Victorian Period. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2008.

Pratt, Mary Louise. Imperial Eyes: Travel Writing and Transculturation. New York: Routledge, 1998.

Other Sources

Cannadine, David. Ornamentalism: How the British Saw Their Empire. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001.

Ratansi, Racism: A Very Short Introduction. S.I.: Oxford University Press, 2020.


Said, Edward W. Edward Said, Orientalism. New York: Vintage Books, 1979.

Sharma, Sanjay. “The 1837-38 famine in U.P.: Some dimensions of popular action.” The Indian Economic & Social History Review, 30, no. 3 (1993), 337-372. https://go.exlibris.link/SygBHdRr