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Sex and Sensibility: Richard Blechynden's Calcutta Diaries, 1791-1822

Peter Robb


This volume examines the diaries of Richard Blechynden, a surveyor, architect, and builder in Calcutta. Sifting through anecdotes, extracts, and stories from over eighty volumes of diaries and papers, this book and its companion give a unique perspective into colonial households, daily life, corruption in law and private conduct, and emerging norms of identity. Through Blechynden’s diaries, this book reveals the politics of power within households and the position of women, especially Blechynden’s concubines or bibis. This study on class, culture, gender, and race in colonial Calcutta explores ... More

Keywords: Richard Blechynden, bibis, concubines, Calcutta, colonial households, class, gender, race

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780198075110
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198075110.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Robb, author