Image, Copies, and Copyright: Illustrations of Nana Sahib, the “Butcher of Cawnpore”

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Please join us on Wednesday 27th April at 5:00pm to 7:00pm in Arts 103 for an exciting talk with Prof. Priti Joshi.

Prof. Priti Joshi

Join us for an exciting talk in which Professor Priti Joshi will introduce us to her current project on illustrations and technologies for the mass-production of illustrations in the 19th-century press. The talk will focus on images of Nana Sahib, a leader of the 1857 Uprising in India and dubbed the “Butcher of Cawnpore” in the British media. Professor Joshi will discuss a number of illustrations of the man and the commercialization of his biography and image at the very moment when questions of representation were moving from a textual to a political register in India.

Priti Joshi’s primary area of research and teaching is nineteenth-century British literature and culture, with a secondary specialization in post-colonial literature and film. She has published articles on Anne Brontë, Frances Trollope, Edwin Chadwick, George Eliot, and Charles Dickens; on India in the 1851 Great Exhibition (in Museum History Journal); and on advertisements in periodicals (in Victorian Periodicals Review).  She is the author of Empire News: The Anglo-Indian Press Writes India (SUNY Press 2021), a single-authored monograph that examines 19th-century Indian newspapers and their response to crises. She is currently working on a projected book-length study entitled For Illustrative Purposes Only: From Lithography to Photography in Indian Periodicals of the Nineteenth Century.  

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