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This paper examines the politics of commemoration in colonial India, and the notorious massacres of Europeans at Cawnpore (and subsequent reprisals) during the 1857 rebellion. Drawing on Giorgio Agamben’s work I suggest that changing colonial practices of Mutiny remebrance reveal the organising logic of colonial sovereignty, as it negotiates the transition from the exceptional (potentially scandalous) violence of counter-insurgency to the sovereign paradigm of the rule of law. I conclude by examining Kipling’s journalism on the 1857 rebellion, and tracing the persistence of ‘mournful’ tropes of social exclusion and ritualised banning (as charivari) in his short fictions.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Copyright Holders:||2009 Manchester University Press|
|Keywords:||1857 Mutiny; Charivari; Rudyard Kipling; rebellion; colonial India; Cawnpore; Kanpur; commemoration|
|Academic Unit/Department:||Arts > English
|Depositing User:||Alex Tickell|
|Date Deposited:||13 Jan 2012 15:10|
|Last Modified:||23 Feb 2016 19:36|
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