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Description - Critical Perspectives on Colonialism by Fiona Paisley

This collection brings much-needed focus to the vibrancy and vitality of minority and marginal writing about empire, and to their implications as expressions of embodied contact between imperial power and those negotiating its consequences from "below." The chapters explore how less powerful and less privileged actors in metropolitan and colonial societies within the British Empire have made use of the written word and of the power of speech, public performance, and street politics. This book breaks new ground by combining work about marginalized figures from within Britain as well as counterparts in the colonies, ranging from published sources such as indigenous newspapers to ordinary and everyday writings including diaries, letters, petitions, ballads, suicide notes, and more. Each chapter engages with the methodological implications of working with everyday scribblings and asks what these alternate modernities and histories mean for the larger critique of the "imperial archive" that has shaped much of the most interesting writing on empire in the past decade.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415537384
ISBN-10: 041553738X
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 246
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 23-Dec-2013
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Fiona Paisley

Fiona Paisley is a cultural historian at Griffith University, Brisbane, and a member of the Australian Historical Association. Kirsty Reid is a senior researcher in the Centre for History at the University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland and a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

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