Abstract

Scrutinizing the discourses around so-called thuggee and the Bandit Queen Phoolan Devi in colonial and postcolonial India respectively, this essay explores the uses and abuses of life narratives, as embodying discourses, in the elaboration as well as contestation of law-and-order regimes. In the context of this argument, the essay proposes epicolonialism as a neologism capable of shedding particular light on continuities as well as disjunctures between colonialism and postcolonialism.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-1456
Print ISSN
0162-4962
Pages
pp. 97-123
Launched on MUSE
2013-09-18
Open Access
No
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