The News from India: Emma Roberts and the Construction of Late Romanticism

  • Mary Ellis Gibson
Part of the Asia-Pacific and Literature in English book series (APLE)


In the late 1820s, Bengal and Britain were connected in a complex network of reprinting, citation, quotation, imitation, and revision. Poems circulated from Edinburgh to London to Kolkata and back again, as did writers themselves. A key figure in this circulation of verse (and also of travel writing and sociological journalism) was Emma Roberts (1794–1840), who accompanied her sister to India in 1828 and worked for three years in Bengal and North India. Roberts became the first woman newspaper editor in India and the first woman to support herself through her contributions to print culture. This paper examines the poetic networks in which Roberts participated and shows how she was both influenced by, and in turn shaped, poetic practices in both Kolkata and London.


Romanticism India Henry Derozio Kolkata Laetitia Landon Oriental Observer Paratexts Periodicals Print culture Emma Roberts Orientalism Translation 


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  • Mary Ellis Gibson
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  1. 1.Colby CollegeWatervilleUSA

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