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ISBN-13: 978-0691016665
ISBN-10: 0691016666
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Honorable Mention for the 2000 First Book Prize of the Modern Language Association

"Out of Place is an impressive volume, ambitious in its scope, sophisticated in its argument, and elegant in its execution."--Ranu Samantrai, MLR: Modern Language Review

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"An interesting, original, and elegant book on the emergence of 'Englishness' within the British Empire. . . . [T]his work proves Ian Baucom to be a superb writer and thinker."--Patrick Brantlinger, Indiana University

"This is a remarkable book. . . . Baucom has a lot to teach people, and his book will interest anyone concerned with cultural theory, post-coloniality, nineteenth- and twentieth-century British culture, or cultural studies."--Mark Wollaeger, Vanderbilt University


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (February 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691016666
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691016665
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,961,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Kumar on November 16, 2012
Format: Paperback
Writing in the wake of Said's ORIENTALISM, Baucom's addition to the field of postcolonial studies fleshes out the interrelation between English identity and British Empire's geography. His readings of literary works generally and A PASSAGE TO INDIA in particular are well-managed. I highly recommend this work to anyone interested in the identity politics of empire and/or postcolonial studies.

That said, "another reader's" review should be taken as a warning by any potential purchaser who is not interested in a scholarly engagement with these topics. Baucom is a professor at Duke University--it therefore makes all the sense in the world that his work engages with an academic discourse that may frustrate some readers as jargonistic. My advice to casual readers then is to understand the Prof. Baucom's context before deciding to read this book.
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6 of 30 people found the following review helpful By another reader on July 11, 2005
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Mr Baucom likes the falsely scientific vocabulary of theory so much that he both occasionally says the obvious in a way that sounds precious and also sometimes follows the logic of a wrongly framed argument far away from the primary text he purports to discuss.

For example, instead of writing the obvious fact that maps were important to the Raj, the reader finds this: "Within that archive, the map occupies a position of privilege."

A few paragraphs later, the reader learns that Kim's becoming a British intelligence agent somehow erases Kim's identity as the little friend of all the world. Kim is then resurrected as "the zombielike R17." Nothing can be further from the actual depiction of Kim in the novel. Kim's identity as a British agent remains as vivid as it was before he takes service with the Raj and his devotion to the lama as intense. And even at the book's opening Kim unwittingly enforces British dominance in bullying an Indian child.
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