Civility and Empire

Literature and Culture in British India, 1821-1921

By Anindyo Roy

© 2004 – Routledge

224 pages

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About the Book

This book addresses the idea of 'civility' as a manifestation of the fluidity and ambivalence of imperial power as reflected in British colonial literature and culture. Discussions of Anglo-Indian romances of 1880-1900, E.M. Forster's The Life to Come and Leonard Woolf's writings show how the appeal to civility had a significant effect on the constitution of colonial subject-hood and reveals 'civility' as an ideal trope for the ambivalence of imperial power itself.

Table of Contents

1. Colonial Civility and the Regulation of Social Desire 2. Writing the Liberal Self in John Stuart Mill: Colonial Civility and Disciplinary Regime 3. Policing the Boubdaries: Civility and Gender in the Anglo-Indian Romances, 1880-1900 4. 'Savage Pursuit': Missionary Civility and Colonization in E. M. Forster's The Life to Come 5. Civility and the Colonial Body/State in Leonard Woolf

About the Author

Anindyo Roy is Associate Professor in English at Colby College, Maine, USA, where he teaches critical and postcolonial theory, and postcolonial and modern British literature.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Postcolonial Literatures

Edited in collaboration with the Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies, University of Kent at Canterbury, Routledge Research in Postcolonial Literatures presents a wide range of research into postcolonial literatures by specialists in the field. Volumes concentrate on writers and writing originating in previously (or presently) colonized areas, and include material from non-anglophone as well as anglophone colonies and literatures.

Part of our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections, this series considers postcolonial literature alongside topics such as gender, race, ecology, religion, politics, and science. Titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics. Series editors: Donna Landry and Caroline Rooney

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LIT000000
LITERARY CRITICISM / General
LIT004120
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
LIT008020
LITERARY CRITICISM / Asian / Indic