Power in Print: Popular Publishing and the Politics of Language and Culture in a Colonial Society, 1778-1905

Power in Print: Popular Publishing and the Politics of Language and Culture in a Colonial Society, 1778-1905

by Anindita Ghosh

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Power in Print: Popular Publishing and the Politics of Language and Culture in a Colonial Society, 1778-1905 by Anindita Ghosh

By exploring a narrative of dissent, struggle, and conflict among various contending speech communities, this book reexamines some fundamental debates in the cultural experience of the educated middle classes in nineteenth-century colonial Bengal. More specifically, it studies power and representation in colonial Bengal through the print-language and literature and its impact on the resultant identity formations. In the nineteenth century, language and its written literature was more than anything else object of immense debate, scrutiny, and surveillance among the Bengalis and the colonial administration. But what is often less understood is that print languages and literature were also vital instruments for crafting social identities, and in a competitive environment like colonial Bengal, they offered substantial opportunities to indigenous groups to consolidate power along multiple axes of class, gender, and community. By relocating within the world of Bengali print groups previously thought to inhabit the peripheries of literate cultures, the volume also challenges the conventional understandings of social formation in the nineteenth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195673296
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 02/23/2006
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 5.70(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     vi
Acknowledgements     ix
Introduction     1
Social Profile of a Language     29
Literature, Language, and Reform     66
The Battala Book Market     107
Contesting Print Audiences     152
Satire and Social Discord     189
Women Refusing Conformity     225
Bengali and its 'Muslim Other'     259
Conclusion     295
Bibliography     308
Index     339

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