The Depiction of the Indian Subcontinent in 19th Century French Grand Opera

From my personal blog: [Kabir’s note: A change of pace from the usual topics. As Zack says there is no need to be so confrontational all the time] During the mid-nineteenth century, European composers experienced a vogue for depicting the Orient on stage.¬† Not only was the Orient an exotic location, but the operas set […]

Right Hand Path Orientalism vs Left Hand Path Orientalism

A few days ago, Razib posted a piece about “Castes of Mind”¬†that discussed Historian Nicholas Dirk’s book that argued that the Indian caste system as it exists may be (mostly) a colonial creation. I have not read Dirk’s book, but it is my impression (from hearing about it) that it is not superficial and has […]