Writing that Conquers

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This book is the product of research that I did for my doctoral thesis at the University of Hong Kong. It is an exploration of a European encounter with the ‘Other’, its confrontation with a society that was remote from Europe on cultural, moral and political planes. It considers a seventeenth century work of a sailor of the East India Company, Robert Knox’s An Historical Relation of the Island Ceylon, at the centre of which lies the colonial encounter, and focuses on the way the encounter is mediated through representation. It is the politics of this representation, and the relations of power embedded in it that make up the main focus of the study.