Mary Ellis Gibson is Professor of English at the University of Glasgow and Elizabeth Rosenthal Professor of English Emerita at University of North Carolina Greensboro. Her books include Indian Angles: English Verse in Colonial India from Jones to Tagore (Ohio, 2011); History and the Prism of Art: Browning’s Poetic Experiments; and Epic Reinvented: Ezra Pound and the Victorians. She has also edited several other anthologies, including New Stories by Southern Women; Homeplaces: Stories of the South by Women Writers; and Critical Essays on Robert Browning.
Anglophone Poetry in Colonial India, 1780–1913: A Critical Anthology makes accessible for the first time the entire range of poems written in English on the subcontinent from their beginnings in 1780 to the watershed moment in 1913 when Rabindranath Tagore won the Nobel Prize in Literature. Mary Ellis Gibson establishes accurate texts for such well-known poets as Toru Dutt and the early nineteenth-century poet Kasiprasad Ghosh.
Indian Angles is a new historical approach to Indian English literature. It shows that poetry, not fiction, was the dominant literary genre of Indian writing in English until 1860 and recreates the historical webs of affiliation and resistance that writers in colonial India—writers of British, Indian, and mixed ethnicities—experienced.