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Madly after the MusesBengali Poet Michael Madhusudan Datta and his Reception of the Graeco-Roman Classics$
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Alexander Riddiford

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199699735

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199699735.001.0001

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Madhusudan: a Classicizing Oeuvre in Context

Madhusudan: a Classicizing Oeuvre in Context

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(p.1) 1 Madhusudan: a Classicizing Oeuvre in Context
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Madly after the Muses
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Alexander Riddiford

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199699735.003.0001

This chapter sets Madhusudan’s life and oeuvre in context. The poet’s biography is sketched. An overview is given of the various contexts (historical, social, cultural, linguistic, literary, religious) of contemporary British Bengal. The poet’s education is examined in detail. New archival material attesting to his classical education at Bishop’s College Calcutta is considered. In particular, a New Testament examination script written by the poet in 1847, which is transcribed for the first time in the book’s first appendix, evidences the young Madhusudan’s ability to handle Greek. The book’s theoretical position is clarified and its most prominent themes and findings are foreshadowed.

Keywords:   michael madhusudan datta, Bishop’s College, classics, Bengal Renaissance, postcolonial

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