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Rocher: Founders of Western Indology

Rocher, Rosane [u.a.]:
Founders of Western Indology : August Wilhelm von Schlegel and Henry Thomas Colebrooke in Correspondence 1820-1837 / Rosane Rocher ; Ludo Rocher. - Wiesbaden : Harrassowitz, 2013. - XVI, 205 S. : Ill. - (Abhandlungen für die Kunde des Morgenlandes ; 84)
ISBN 978-3-447-06878-9
EUR 48,00
DDC: 491.109

Founders of Western Indology presents in high relief the central roles two scholars, one German, one English, played in establishing classical Indology in Europe. Their correspondence, edited here for the first time, with extensive introductions and annotations, documents the formative decades during which, under Schlegel’s leadership, incipient Indic scholarship in Europe strove first to use, and promptly to transcend, the work of British amateur scholars in India and their reliance on Indian pandit teachers.
   The study by Rosane and Ludo Rocher illuminates the international ambit of competition and controversy in which Indian studies became institutionalized and professionalized, most notably at Prussian universities after a first chair was created in Paris and societies were founded in Paris and in London to emulate the Asiatic Society in Calcutta, over which Colebrooke had presided. It captures how Colebrooke’s gift of his unrivaled collection of manuscripts to the East India Library helped transfer the primary European seat of Indological research from Paris to London. Comparative standards of pre-university education come to the fore when Colebrooke entrusts a son to Schlegel’s affectionate tutelage in Bonn. A companion to the authors’ biography of Colebrooke (2012), this volume puts greater emphasis on Schlegel, who sought to consult Colebrooke’s “oracle” and brought up most items for discussion. [Verlagsinformation]

Preface and Acknowledgments. vii
   1. Schlegel to Colebrooke, 1 July 1823. x
   2. Colebrooke to Schlegel, 10 July 1823. xiii
Introduction. 1
1. First Contact and Queries (1820–1823). 22
2. Schlegel in England (13 September–12 November 1823). 80
3. Scholarship and Education (December 1823–May 1826). 90
4. Memories (1827–1837). 164
References. 184
Index. 200

ROSANE ROCHER is Professor Emerita of South Asia Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. Her research interests include the history of Indology and of linguistics, particularly in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Profile page.
LUDO ROCHER is Emeritus W. Norman Brown Professor of South Asia Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. His research interests include the cultural history of India through the ages, with particular focus on the development of Hindu law and its adaptation in the Anglo-Indian courts. Profile page.

Quellen: Harrassowitz; Deutsche Nationalbibliothek;; Lehmanns Media; Nachricht von Rosane und Ludo Rocher in der Mailing-Liste "Indology", 24. Febr. 2013
Bildquelle: Harrassowitz
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