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Sex and SensibilityRichard Blechynden's Calcutta Diaries, 1791-1822$
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Peter Robb

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780198075110

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198075110.001.0001

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The Diaries of Richard Blechynden, 1759–1822

The Diaries of Richard Blechynden, 1759–1822

(p.1) 1 The Diaries of Richard Blechynden, 1759–1822
Sex and Sensibility

Peter Robb

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides a brief account of the life of Richard Blechynden and an overview of the seventy-three volumes of his Calcutta diaries. The chapter ends with a basic outline of the position of women and gender relations in colonial Calcutta. The diaries served two basic purposes for Blechynden—as a literary exercise and an emotional and moral force. It discusses the concept of marriage and the position of bibis and the status of children arising out of such liaisons.

Keywords:   diaries, colonial Calcutta, marriage

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