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Sukanya Banerjee
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (Milwaukee, WI 53211-3153)

Summer Stipends
Research Programs

$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2007 – 7/31/2007

Imperial Citizens: Nation, Empire, and Narrative

This project examines the narrative registers along which Indians articulated claims to citizenship across the late nineteenth-early twentieth century British Empire. By reading a range of texts—fiction, autobiography, official reports—the project analyzes the rhetorical idioms through which Indians formulated their status as citizens, a category that was commonly denied to colonial subjects. Highlighting the imaginative and thematic registers through which colonial subjects formulated notions of political equality, the project foregrounds the narrativity of citizenship, tracing its articulation across a range of late-Victorian sites, such as that of political economy, bourgeois morality, female professionalism, and bureaucratic modernity.