|Civility, a normative code of behavior in 19th century Britain became a means of imposing control and effecting exclusion when transferred to the colonial world. Civility and Empire examines the manner in which civility emerged as the ethos of the British colonial state in the 19th century and formed the key discursive idea around which questions about citizenship, education, inheritance, labor, and civil authority were negotiated. The discourse of civility also provided the basis for establishing disciplinary mechanisms that were essential to managing the historical exigencies confronting the British Empire in India. The book traces the genealogy of civility in 19th and 20th century British literature that includes writers such as Walter Scott, Kipling, John Stuart Mill, E.M. Forster and Leonard Woolf, and also the history of the colonial archive that includes official documents, poetry, romances, and travel narratives from this era. |
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