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Empire News
The Anglo-Indian Press Writes India
Empire News
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Priti Joshi - Author
SUNY series in the History of Books, Publishing, and the Book Trades
Price: $95.00 
Hardcover - 278 pages
Release Date: July 2021
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-8413-6

Price: $32.95 
Paperback - 278 pages
Release Date: January 2022
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-8412-9

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Examines English-language Indian newspapers from the mid-nineteenth century and their role in simultaneously sustaining and probing British colonial governance.

In Empire News, Priti Joshi examines the neglected archive of English-language newspapers from India to unpack the maintenance and tensions of empire. Focusing on the period between 1845 and 1860, she analyzes circulation—of newspapers and news, of peoples and ideas—and newspapers’ coverage and management of crises. The book explores three moments of colonial crisis. The sensational trial of East India Company vs. Jyoti Prasad in Agra in 1851 as the Kohinoor diamond is exhibited in London’s Hyde Park is a case lost but for colonial newspapers. In these accounts, the trial raises the specter of Warren Hastings and the costs of empire. The Uprising of 1857 was a geopolitical crisis, but for the Indian news media it was a story simultaneously of circulation and blockage, of contraction and expansion, of colonial media confronting its limits and innovating. Finally, Joshi traces circuits of exchange between Britain and India and across media platforms, including Dickens’s Household Words, where the empire’s mofussil (margin) appears in an unrecognized guise during and after the Uprising. By attending to these fascinating accounts in the Anglo-Indian press, Joshi illuminates the circulation and reproduction of colonial narratives and informs our understanding of the functioning of empire.

Empire News will be required reading for scholars researching Victorian imperialism. Those interested in media and book studies and empire studies will find its discussion of the press networks of Anglo-India especially rewarding. This book is an important bridge between postcolonial studies and Victorian studies, two fields that have long had many missed connections. Furthermore, it is an excellent model for how to present a long-neglected archive to an audience unfamiliar with the materials.” — Nasser Mufti, author of Civilizing War: Imperial Politics and the Poetics of National Rupture

“An impressive and original project.” — Catherine Waters, author of Commodity Culture in Dickens’s “Household Words”: The Social Life of Goods

Priti Joshi is Professor of English at the University of Puget Sound.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Note on Usage and Transliteration

Introduction: Circulating Crisis: Colonial Newspapers and Print Culture

1. Bibliographical, Periodical, and Imperial Codes
An Archive—With Many Gaps
Materiality: Communicating through Form, Format, and Organization
In Good Company: Colonial Critique and Imperial Certitude in the Mofussilite

2. Through a Glass Darkly: The Great Exhibition and the Great Indian Contractor
Rocks in Paxton's Glass Palace
"Full of Novelty and Interest": The Great Exhibition Overtaken
The Trial in Many Mirrors

3. The Uprising in the Anglo-Indian Press
Editorial Turbulence
Extracting News: Improvisation and Chaos
The Hindoo Patriot in the Balance

4. Wanderings and Textual Travels
House Rules
Indigenizing Brand Dickens
Independent Wanderings

Conclusion: Mofussil News

Appendix: Press Regulations and Significant Events in Indian Press History, 1780–1857


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