Dr. Hasnahana Gogoi
Assistant Professor of English
University of Science and Technology, Meghalaya, India
This paper is a critical study of the geographical imagination of the colonial writers writing on Assam. In colonial narratives, geography and space play significant roles as they implicate an imaginative geography for the future of the colonialists. This is realized through transformation of places which involves the emergence of “travelling gaze”. In the colonial writings on Assam, ‘empty space’ and a picturesque landscape serve as the tempting elements. The land is highlighted without the interruption of the inhabitants’ presence which invite the colonizers to come and settle in the region. This paper attempts to explore the geographical politics in the colonial writings. It critically examines the colonialist’s romanticism of the colonized region and the politics behind their representation of the same. With this purpose, it will take recourse to the theories propounded by postcolonial travel theorists like David Arnold,Alison Blunt and Cheryl McEwan.
Key terms: ‘colonial’, ‘postcolonial’, ‘space’, ‘geography’
Dr.HasnahanaGogoi did her MA and MPhil in English Literature from Gauhati University, Guwahati in 2007 and 2010 respectively. She did her PhD from Tezpur University. She worked as Assistant Professor of English at the Institute of Distance Education, Rajiv Gandhi University, Arunachal Pradesh for some time. Dr.Gogoi teaches at the Department of English, University of Science and Technology, Meghalaya.