• Shampa Roy
Part of the Palgrave Advances in Criminology and Criminal Justice in Asia book series (PACCJA)


Chapter 1 examines the social-historical and literary context of late nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century Bengal with special reference to gender within which the Bangla crime writings examined in the book made their appearance. It looks at the kind of work that has happened in this area and this book hopes to carve a different path. It examines the reasons why the particular texts chosen in the following chapters for examination were selected for analysis and what their examinations hope to reveal about the tangled questions of law, criminality and gender.


Police Official Sexual Agency Domestic Space Investigative Process Cultural Nationalism 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shampa Roy
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  1. 1.Department of EnglishMiranda House, University of DelhiDelhiIndia

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