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Crime and Empire: The Colony in Nineteenth-Century Fictions of Crime

Upamanyu Pablo Mukherjee


The language of crime and punishment is everywhere, especially in the context of building new global orders where old imperial relationships between the west and the rest of the world are being redefined and redesigned. This book is about one of the formative moments in this rhetorical strategy of representing empires. By looking at a variety of British narratives about India from the latter half of the 18th century onwards, it suggests that the discourse of crime was one of the major representative tools employed by the British to understand, imagine, and rule the vast country. However, to un ... More

Keywords: crime, punishment, empires, India, British colonial strategy, colony, ideology of empire, fictions of crime

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780199261055
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199261055.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Upamanyu Pablo Mukherjee, author
Lecturer in the School of English, University of Newcastle
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