The Truth about Pamphlets

Rochelle Pinto

in Between Empires

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780195690477
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081899 | DOI:
The Truth about Pamphlets

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In Goa, the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century were marked by two instances of conflict and revolt. This chapter examines two separate sets of pamphlets to demonstrate how print could reproduce or double the closures and limits inherent to the politics of the Goan elite. This retracing of pamphlets has been influenced in part by the works of Roger Chartier and Robert Darnton, whose conclusions about political consciousness, patterns of print, and the stratification of political groups emerge from readings of empirical data about print law, publishing houses, reading practices, and censorship. This chapter analyses shifting norms for the textual representation of truth across political representations generated by rebel soldiers and peasants, the indigenous colonial elite, and the colonial state.

Keywords: Goa; pamphlets; revolt; elite; peasants; soldiers; print; politics; Roger Chartier; Robert Darnton

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