Includes bibliographical references (p. 221-232) and index.
Introduction: Why dissent matters to literature -- Pt. 1. The colonial period. Anti-imperialist wit in Horace Walpole's letters ; Burke's India campaign: Goliath, scourge, redeemer ; William Henry Sleeman and the Suttee romance ; Victorian oblivion and The moonstone -- Pt. 2. After independence. The beast in Nirad Chaudhuri's garden ; The politics of cultural freedom: India in the 1950s ; Individuality as a problem in Naipaul's Indian narratives ; Epilogue: Pankaj Mishra and postcolonial cosmopolitanism.