SHOWS OF LONDON: SPRING 2015
Monday 23rd February
‘Passage to England: Indian Travellers in Fiction and Memoir’
Curated by Dr Alexander Bubb, King’s College London
Virginia Woolf Building
The arrival in of the Indian traveller – diplomat, intellectual, sailor, soldier, nursemaid, prince, religious evangelist or student – the imperial capital. As recent scholarship has shown, this was a frequent and much-documented occurrence. This session will deal with four texts that are particular attuned to travel and mobility – whether that be the voyage itself, as diarized by M.K. Gandhi in 1880s, or the navigation of the London Underground undergone by the protagonist of Mulk Raj Anand’s novel of student life in the 1920s. We will also see how Indian travel is staged and fictionalized: as a moral fable (Gandhi), as social anthropology (Malabari), and as satire (Kipling).
Ghandi, M.K., ‘London Diary‘ , Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi, i, 11-21.
–An Autobiography, or the Story of my Experiments with Truth (Penguin, 2001), pp.76-8.
B.M. Malabari, The Indian Eye on English Life (London, 1893), pp.36-49.
Rudyard Kipling, ‘One View of the Question‘, Many Inventions (London, 1893), p.71.
Mulk Raj Anand, The Bubble: A Novel (Liverpool, 1988), pp.1-14
Wine and snacks will be served. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any inquiries.