The Mutiny at the Margins series takes a fresh look at the revolt of 1857 from original and unusual perspectives, focusing in particular on neglected socially marginal groups and geographic areas which have hitherto tended to be unrepresented in studies of this cataclysmic event in British imperial and Indian historiography.

The ‘Mutiny Novel’

The ‘mutiny novel’

THE events in India of 1857 inspired a host of novels, from Victorian morality tales for children to the science fiction stories of Henry Beam Piper. The selection below represents a fraction of the tremendous output that the uprising has generated, and continues to generate, among novelists. Extracts from French, German and American authors testifies to the worldwide notoriety of the Indian Uprising. The first extract is from Jules Verne's novel The Secret of the Island (1909). Originally published in instalments in a Parisian magazine, it is ranked alongside Robinson Crusoe and Treasure Island in terms of popularity. The second extract, by German author Niemann, predicts, perhaps, rather wistfully the collapse of England, drawing many allusions to the Indian ...

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