Publishing Empire: Colonial Authorship and British Literary Production, 1900-1940


Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships




“Publishing Empire” focuses on the material forms and production histories of books by authors from colonial backgrounds published in England between the turn of the twentieth century and the beginning of the Second World War. Drawing on methods from book history and the digital humanities, it combines in-depth case studies of individual books by authors including Rabindranath Tagore, Sarojini Naidu, Claude McKay, Mulk Raj Anand, C.L.R. James, and others with large-scale analysis of publishing data drawn from online libraries. Most broadly, the project demonstrates the significance of a transnational and intercolonial culture of literary production emerging in print in Britain in the early twentieth century.