SHOWS OF LONDON: SPRING 2015 Monday 23rd February ‘Passage to England: Indian Travellers in Fiction and Memoir’

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

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6:15-8:00pm
Room 6.01
Virginia Woolf Building
22 Kingsway

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).

Suggested Reading:

Ghandi, M.K., ‘London Diary‘ [1888], 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 nicola.kirkby@kcl.ac.uk with any inquiries.​

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