Priyamvada Gopal talks to Salil Tripathi about her latest book, Insurgent Empire: How rebellious slave colonies changed British attitudes to Empire (2019). Insurgent Empire shows how Britain’s enslaved and colonial subjects were active agents in their own liberation. What is more, they shaped British ideas of freedom and emancipation back in the United Kingdom.
Priyamvada Gopal is a Professor in the Faculty of English at the University of Cambridge, where she is a Fellow of Churchill College. Her main teaching and research interests are in colonial and postcolonial literature and theory, gender and feminism, Marxism and critical race studies.
Salil Tripathi is a Bombay-born writer based in New York. He is the author of several books, and his next book is about the Gujaratis. He chairs PEN International’s Writers in Prison Committee. Salil has been a correspondent in India, Singapore, and Hong Kong, and worked at human rights organisations in London. His journalism has won awards in India and abroad. He writes for Mint and Caravan.
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