Illustrated London News, 1857

September 27, 2008 at 9:02 am (Uncategorized)

You should, by now, have picked up your copy of the ILN from Saturday, July 4th 1857. [

    If you haven’t, please collect one from the departmental office

] Please read this before the class on Thursday 4th October. In that class we are going to discuss it in terms both of word and image, and they way they interrelate; the semiology of the text.

The lead article, as you can see, is ‘The Mutiny in India’. We will discuss the historical context for this event, but it would be useful for you, if you don’t already know about it, to find out a little about this event. It’s been in the news recently … see this BBC report from last year:

A group of Britons seeking to pay tribute to those who died in an Indian revolt 150 years ago have spent the day holed up in their hotel. The retired soldiers and civilians were advised not to visit the historic Residency in the city of Lucknow because of anger over their visit. Protesters in India say the trip is an insult to Indian freedom fighters.

You might also want to take a look at the following resources:

  • The Wikipedia entry on The Indian Rebellion of 1857 is a useful overview. In general I am wary of sending students to Wikipedia, because the quality of its articles varies greatly and some are unreliable; but this is one of the better ones.
  • The Sepoy Blog is an interesting thing: day-by-day blogging from a hundred and fifty years ago.
  • These paintings give a Romanticised, English perspective on events.
  • These photographs, however, give a less illusioned perspective.
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