Circuits of Disaffection: Criticism, Dissent, and Affect in the Colonial Public Sphere


ACLS Fellowship Program




This project argues that the criminalization of “disaffection” in Indian print culture by British colonial courts helps to account for the staging of colonialism as an affective relationship and the nature of the publics and counterpublics discernible within colonial print culture. It traces the ways in which journalistic and literary writing of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century experimented with rhetoric and genre in an effort to stage critical interventions that either circumvented, subverted, or accentuated the association of critique with disaffection.