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Disaffected – Emotion, Sedition, and Colonial Law in the Anglosphere - Cornell Scholarship Online
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Disaffected: Emotion, Sedition, and Colonial Law in the Anglosphere

Tanya Agathocleous


This book examines the effects of antisedition law on the overlapping public spheres of India and Britain under empire. After 1857, the British government began censoring the press in India, culminating in 1870 with the passage of Section 124a, a law that used the term “disaffection” to target the emotional tenor of writing deemed threatening to imperial rule. As a result, the book shows, Indian journalists adopted modes of writing that appeared to mimic properly British styles of prose even as they wrote against empire. The book argues that Section 124a, which is still used to quell political ... More

Keywords: antisedition law, India, Great Britain, Section 124a, disaffection, imperial rule, colonial public sphere, anticolonialism, postcolonial relationships

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781501753879
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501753879.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tanya Agathocleous, author
Hunter College

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