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Introduction

Rochelle Pinto

in Between Empires

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780195690477
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081899 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195690477.003.0001
Introduction

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The visibility accorded by print to the self-reflexive representations of a Catholic Goan elite helped crystallize assumptions about the century and its location within the history of colonial Goa. Goa was characterized as always out of time with civilization, a view that emerged from within Portuguese historiography. To better understand print and colonialism in the Indian sub-continent one must contend with the stronger and more obvious theorization of print in the context of colonial India. The concern with print and the nineteenth century arises from the questions that emerged in part from those strands within postcolonial studies that address the domain of nationalism, literature, and history. This book explores the politics of print in Goa during the nineteenth century. It discusses caste among indigenous Catholics, the onset of modernity within Goa, and the interpellation of the Catholic elite into race hierarchies.

Keywords: print; politics; Catholics; elite; Goa; Portuguese; nineteenth century; caste; modernity

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