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Dr Kate Teltscher

Dr Kate Teltscher

Reader (English Literature)

Department of English and Creative Writing


Co-Director of the Literature & Culture Research Centre, Roehampton University.

Convener of the BA English Literature Programme, Roehampton University.

Prizes & Awards

North Senior Scholarship, St. John's College, Oxford.

Oxford University Frere Exhibition for Indian Studies. 

The High Road to China (2006) was shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Biography.


BA Hons. First Class. English & Related Literature, University of York.

D.Phil., University of Oxford.

Research interests

My research focuses on the history of cultural contact between Britain and Asia in the colonial period.  I work on travel accounts, colonial writing and lexicography.  

I recently edited Hobson-Jobson: The Definitive Glossary of British India by H. Yule & A.C.Burnell for Oxford World's Classics.

I welcome PhD applicants, especially those interested in writing on India, colonial discourse and travel writing. 

Consultancy experience

Television & Radio

Consultant and main contributor to Hobson-Jobson: A Very English Enterprise (BBC Radio 4, 2012). Contributor to documentary features broadcast on Channel 4 (An Indian Affair, 2001), BBC Radio 4 (Crossing the Black Waters 2002, Tibet on the Banks of the Clyde, 2010) and ABC (Late Night Live: The Buddha of Boundless Light meets the Glaswegian, 2006). 

External Assessor

Yale University Press, Oxford University Press, Routledge, Palgrave Macmillan, Broadview Press, Journal of Imperial & Commonwealth History,  Studies in Eighteenth-Century CultureInterventionsStudies in Travel WritingJournal of the History of Ideas

Teaching interests

I teach undergraduate modules on colonial and postcolonial texts, travel writing and the literature of multicultural Britain.

I have taught MA modules on the literature of race and empire and on literary exchanges between India and Britain. 




(2013) The Rubicon between the Empires: The River Oxus in the Nineteenth-Century Geographical Imaginary, Writing Travel in Central Asian History ed. Nile Green, Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

(2011) The Floating Lexicon: Hobson-Jobson and the OED, Knowledge Production, Pedagogy, and Institutions in Colonial India, ed. Daud Ali and Indra Sengupta, New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

(2009) Reading Orientalism in Istanbul: Edward Said and Orhan Pamuk', Edward Said and the Literary, Social and Political World, ed. Ranjan Ghosh, New York: Routledge.

(2004) Writing Home and Crossing Cultures: George Bogle in Bengal and Tibet, 1770-1775, A New Imperial History: Culture, Identity and Modernity in Britain and the Empire 1660-1840, ed. Kathleen Wilson, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 281-296.

(2003) The Lama and the Scotsman: George Bogle in Bhutan and Tibet, 1774-1775, The Global Eighteenth Century, ed. Felicity A. Nussbaum, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press,, 151-164.

(2002) India/Calcutta: city of palaces and dreadful night, The Cambridge Companion to Travel Writing, eds. Peter Hulme and Tim Youngs, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 191-206.

(2000) The Shampooing Surgeon and the Persian Prince: Two Indians in Early Nineteenth-century Britain, Interventions, 2: 3, 409-423.

(2000) 'Maidenly and well nigh effeminate': Constructions of Hindu Masculinity and Religion in Seventeenth-Century English Texts, Postcolonial Studies, 3: 2, 159-170.

(1999) 'The Sentimental Ambassador: The letters of George Bogle from Bengal, Bhutan and Tibet, 1770-1781', Epistolary Selves: Letters and Letter-writers 1600-1945, ed. Rebecca Earle, Aldershot: Ashgate.

(1996) 'The Fearful Name of the Black Hole': Fashioning an Imperial Myth, Writing India, 1757-1990 ed. B. Moore-Gilbert, Manchester: Manchester University Press.


(2013) Edition of H.Yule, A.C. Burnell, Hobson-Jobson: The Definitive Glossary of British IndiaOxford World's Classics.

(2006) The High Road to China: George Bogle, the Panchen Lama and the First British Expedition to Tibet, London: Bloomsbury.

(1995) India Inscribed: European and British Writing on India, 1600-1800, Delhi: Oxford University Press.

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