A 'Teague' and a 'True Briton': Charles Johnstone, Ireland, and Empire

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Charles Johnstone's literary output - which included Chrysal: or, the Adventures of a Guinea (1760) and a series of novels between 1762 and 1781 prior to his departure for Calcutta in 1782 - features a marked geographical and historical preoccupation with empire. The trajectory of Johnstone's life from Carrigogunnell and Dublin in Ireland, to London, and finally to Calcutta, indicates the remarkable possibilities for self-transformation which empire from Ireland to India offered during the eighteenth century. This paper examines the significance of empire in Johnstone's oeuvre, and identifies for the first time a series of articles written by him in The Calcutta Gazette in 1785.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-150
Number of pages18
JournalIrish University Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2011

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  • Literature and Literary Theory


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