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Cawnpore, Kipling and Charivari: 1857 and the politics of commemoration

Tickell, Alex (2009). Cawnpore, Kipling and Charivari: 1857 and the politics of commemoration. Literature and History, 18(2) pp. 1–19.

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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
ISSN: 0306-1973
Keywords: 1857 Mutiny; Charivari; Rudyard Kipling; rebellion; colonial India; Cawnpore; Kanpur; commemoration
Academic Unit/Department: Arts > English
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Item ID: 28734
Depositing User: Alex Tickell
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2012 15:10
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2012 00:08
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