Terrorism, Insurgency and Indian-English Literature, 1830-1947

Terrorism, Insurgency and Indian-English Literature, 1830-1947

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In this ground-breaking interdisciplinary study of terrorism, insurgency and the literature of colonial India, Alex Tickell re-envisages the political aesthetics of empire. Organized around key crisis moments in the history of British colonial rule such as the a€˜Black Holea€™ of Calcutta, the anti-thug campaigns of the 1830s, the 1857 Rebellion, anti-colonial terrorism in Edwardian London and the Amritsar massacre in 1919, this timely book reveals how the terrorizing threat of violence mutually defined discursive relations between colonizer and colonized. Based on original research and drawing on theoretical work on sovereignty and the exception, this book examines Indian-English literary traditions in transaction and covers fiction and journalism by both colonial and Indian authors. It includes critical readings of several significant early Indian works for the first time: from neglected fictions such as Kylas Chunder Dutta€™s story of anticolonial rebellion A Journal of Forty-Eight Hours of the Year 1945 (1835) and Sarath Kumar Ghosha€™s nationalist epic The Prince of Destiny (1909) to dissident periodicals like Hurrish Chunder Mookerjia€™s Hindoo Patriot (1856a€“66) and Shyamaji Krishnavarmaa€™s Indian Sociologist (1905a€“14). These are read alongside canonical works by metropolitan and a€˜Anglo-Indiana€™ authors such as Philip Meadows Taylora€™s Confessions of a Thug (1839), Rudyard Kiplinga€™s short fictions, and novels by Edmund Candler and E. M. Forster. Reflecting on the wider cross-cultural politics of terror during the Indian independence struggle, Tickell also reappraises sacrificial violence in Indian revolutionary nationalism and locates Gandhia€™s philosophy of ahimsa or non-violence as an inspired tactical response to the terror-effects of colonial rule.sons, of whom Kylas Chunder Dutt was the second, produced verse and short prose pieces: a collection of their poetry was ... Later famous members of the Dutt family included Kylasa#39;s niece, the poet childprodigy Toru Dutt, and the brilliantanbsp;...

Title:Terrorism, Insurgency and Indian-English Literature, 1830-1947
Author:Alex Tickell
Publisher:Routledge - 2013-06-17


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