The cosmopolitan biography of the English religious liberal, feminist and writer, Sophia Dobson Collet

MIDGLEY, Clare (2017). The cosmopolitan biography of the English religious liberal, feminist and writer, Sophia Dobson Collet. In: HAGGIS, Jane, MIDGLEY, Clare, ALLEN, Margaret and PAISLEY, Fiona, (eds.) Cosmopolitan lives on the cusp of Empire: interfaith, cross-cultural and transnational networks, 1860-1950. Palgrave Pivot . Palgrave. (In Press)

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Abstract

This chapter explores the cosmopolitan life of the little-known English religious liberal, feminist and writer, Sophia Dobson Collet (1822-1894). It examines Collet’s close connection with members of the Brahmo Samaj, a movement founded in 1820s Calcutta by Rammohun Roy to promote religious and social reform among Hindus. It shows her pivotal role in shaping a ‘cosmopolitan thought zone’ connecting Brahmos with British and American Unitarians, Transcendentalists, Theists and liberal Christians. Collet, if argues, enacted spiritual fellowship and a shared commitment to social reform within a respectful trans-racial and trans-faith affective community. Although she did not articulate an anti-imperial politics, she was committed to bridging the racialized divisions and hierarchies that characterised the ‘imperial social formation’ between Britain and India.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: This is a sole-authored chapter in a co-authored book. The names of the co-authors of the book as a whole (who also acted as co-editors) are listed under 'editors' above.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sophia Dobson Collet, Brahmo Samaj spiritual cosmopolitanism, cosmopolitan feminism, affective community, Unitarianism
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Humanities Research Centre
Departments: Development and Society > Humanities
Depositing User: Clare Midgley
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2017 11:53
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2017 11:55
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/14746

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