What We Are Reading Today: ‘Required Reading’ by Priyasha Mukhopadhyay

In Required Reading, Priyasha Mukhopadhyay presents a provocative new history of reading, bringing together the archives of everyday writing from the British Empire. Mukhopadhyay rummages through bureaucratic office drawers and publishers’ filing cabinets in search of how historical readers in colonial South Asia responded to texts, from licenses to textbooks, how they understood them, and what this might tell us about their experiences of living in the shadow of vast imperial power.

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