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

Tickell, Alex (2012). Terrorism, Insurgency and Indian-English Literature, 1830-1947. Routledge Research in Postcolonial Literatures. London: Routledge.

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Abstract

This monograph examines the politics of fear and legal exception in the literature and journalism of colonial India. Covering key crisis-moments in colonial history (the Calcutta Black Hole; the anti-thuggee campaign of the 1830s, the 1857 Mutiny; Indian Revolutionary Nationalism in Edwardian London and the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre) it centres on the discursive negotation of terror and anti-colonial violence in colonial fiction and writing by Indian authors working in English. Theoretically, the monograph applies recent work on sovereignty and legal exception by Giorgio Agamben, backdating his ideas in a study of the 'authoritarian liberal' politics of colonial rule under extreme threat.

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