Civility and Empire
Literature and Culture in British India, 1821-1921
By Anindyo Roy
Routledge – 2004 – 224 pages
This book addresses the idea of 'civility' as a manifestation of the fluidity and ambivalence of imperial power as reflected in British colonial literature and culture. Discussions of Anglo-Indian romances of 1880-1900, E.M. Forster's The Life to Come and Leonard Woolf's writings show how the appeal to civility had a significant effect on the constitution of colonial subject-hood and reveals 'civility' as an ideal trope for the ambivalence of imperial power itself.
1. Colonial Civility and the Regulation of Social Desire 2. Writing the Liberal Self in John Stuart Mill: Colonial Civility and Disciplinary Regime 3. Policing the Boubdaries: Civility and Gender in the Anglo-Indian Romances, 1880-1900 4. 'Savage Pursuit': Missionary Civility and Colonization in E. M. Forster's The Life to Come 5. Civility and the Colonial Body/State in Leonard Woolf
Anindyo Roy is Associate Professor in English at Colby College, Maine, USA, where he teaches critical and postcolonial theory, and postcolonial and modern British literature.