Representing Rebellion: Visual Aspects of Counter-insurgency in Colonial India

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Item Code: IDF938
Author: Daniel J. Rycroft
Publisher: Oxford University Press, New Delhi
Language: English
Edition: 2006
ISBN: 0195675894
Pages: 340 (B & W Illus: 50)
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 8.8" X 5.8"
Weight 580 gm
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The existing scholarship on insurgency and counter-insurgency in colonial India has rarely engaged with questions regarding visual representation, and the visual aspects of coercion. Using wide-ranging source material. Representing Rebellion analyses contemporary visual narratives and their importance in generating new interpretations of subaltern identity.

It examines the interface between the political and artistic agencies that authorized, produced, and disseminated to the British public, images of colonial coercion against subaltern insurgency in South Asia. The political, artistic, and journalistic representations of the 'Santhal insurrection' form the core of the book. It reinterprets the historical context of the rebellion to present contested histories of political domination, and resistance.

Rycroft develops the theory of the 'counter-insurgency complex' to comprehend the ideological tensions and slippages implicit in imperial visual narratives. He brings together a multifaceted body of ideas and images to inform a reassessment of the relationship between administrative and public discourses of colonialism.

Wide ranging and multifaceted – covering colonial geology, ethonology, militarism, imperial exhibitions, and the metropolitan press – this book will interest students and scholars of subaltern and imperial history, colonial and postcolonial theory, art, history, and culture and media studies.

About the Author:

Daniel J. Rycroft teaches at the Department of History and the Centre for Culture, Development and Environment at the University of Sussex.

1. Preface v
Acknowledgements vii
Abbreviations xiii
List of Illustrations xv
Introduction 1
1. Economic Geology 17
1.1 Sherwill and the Asiatic Society of Bengal 18
1.2 Sherwill and Visuality 24
1.3 Sherwill and Authority 30
1.4 Sherwill and Colonial Exhibitionary Complex 38
1.5 Conclusion 43
2. The Colonial Exhibitionary Complex 53
2.1 'Indian Ivory Carvings for the Great Exhibition' 55
2.2 The Illustrated London News and Representations of India 60
2.3 Sherwill and the Great Exhibition of 1851 73
2.4 Conclusion 80
3. Sherwill and the Construction of Santhal Identity before the Hul 93
3.1 The Revenue Survey and Subaltern resistance to Representation 95
3.2 Administrative Context of 'Notes upon a Tour' 99
3.3Constructions of 'Sonthals', Manjhis, and Markets 102
3.3.i 'Hill Men' and Manjhis 109
3.3.ii Santhal Dances, Sundari Kulan, and the Markets of the Damin 115
3.4 'Railway from Calcutta to Delhi' 119
3.4.i Presenting Colonialism 120
3.4.ii Intertextual Reading of 'Sonthal Dance' and 'Bear-Shooting' 127
3.5 Conclusion 132
4. The 'Ceylon Insurrection' 145
4.1 The Counter-insurgency Complex 146
4.2 Contesting Histories and Historiographies 157
4.3 Reading between Public Discourses 157
4.3.i Discursive Terms 157
4.3.ii 'Ceylon, and Lord Torrington's Administration' and the Calcutta Review 159
4.4 The 'Ceylon Insurrection' and the Illustrated London News 167
4.4.i Introduction 167
4.4.ii 'The Ceylon Inquiry" 170
4.4.iii 'The Late Insurrection in Ceylon' 172
4.4.iv 'The New Governor of Ceylon' 185
4.4.v 'Lord Torrington' and 'The Insurrection in Ceylon' 187 'Sketches in Ceylon' and 'Idolatrous Festival' 192
4.5 Conclusion 197
5. The 'Santhal Insurrection' 205
5.1 'The Banyan Tree': The Artisan Intellect of William Linton 211
5.2 Sherwill, the Hul, and the Counter-insurgency of 1855-6 218
5.2.i 'Inundations in India' 219
5.2.ii The Hul and the Counter-insurgency of 1855-6 223
5.3 Reporting the 'Santhal Insurrection' 231
5.3.i The Cultural Imaginary 231
5.3.ii The Santhal Counter-insurgency Complex 233
5.3.iii Textual Narrativization of the Hul 241
5.3.iv Visual Historiography of the Hul and the Illustrated London News 253
5.4 Conclusion 272
6. Conclusion: Sherwill and Colonial Discourse 288
Bibliography 298
index 313

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