Indian Arrivals, 1870-1915: Networks of British Empire

Hardcover | November 15, 2015

byElleke Boehmer

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Indian Arrivals 1870-1915: Networks of British Empire explores the rich and complicated landscape of intercultural contact between Indians and Britons on British soil at the height of empire, as reflected in a range of literary writing, including poetry and life-writing. The book's fourdecade-based case studies, leading from 1870 and the opening of the Suez Canal, to the first years of the Great War, investigate from several different textual and cultural angles the central place of India in the British metropolitan imagination at this relatively early stage for Indian migration.Focussing on a range of remarkable Indian "arrivants' - scholars, poets, religious seekers, and political activists including Toru Dutt and Sarojini Naidu, Mohandas Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore - Indian Arrivals examines the take-up in the metropolis of the influences and ideas that accompaniedtheir transcontinental movement, including concepts of the west and of cultural decadence, of urban modernity and of cosmopolitan exchange. If, as is now widely accepted, vocabularies of inhabitation, education, citizenship and the law were in many cases developed in colonial spaces like India, andimported into Britain, then, the book suggests, the presence of Indian travellers and migrants needs to be seen as much more central to Britain's understanding of itself, both in historical terms and in relation to the present-day. The book demonstrates how the colonial encounter in all its ambivalence and complexity inflected social relations throughout the empire, including at its heart, in Britain itself: Indian as well as other colonial travellers enacted the diversity of the empire on London's streets.

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Indian Arrivals 1870-1915: Networks of British Empire explores the rich and complicated landscape of intercultural contact between Indians and Britons on British soil at the height of empire, as reflected in a range of literary writing, including poetry and life-writing. The book's fourdecade-based case studies, leading from 1870 and t...

Elleke Boehmer is Professor of World Literature in English at the University of Oxford, and Professorial Governing Body Fellow at Wolfson College. She has published Colonial and Postcolonial Literature (1995, 2005), Empire, the National and the Postcolonial, 1890-1920 (2002), Stories of Women (2005), and the biography Nelson Mandela (2...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.01 inPublished:November 15, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction: Indian Arrival-Encounters between Indians and Britons, 1870-1915I EncounterII Interconnected Cultural TerrainsIII Cross-border PoeticsIV Arrivals and ArrivantsV The Enigma of ArrivalVI Chapters1: Passages to England: Suez, the Indian pathwayI Ondaatje's 'fragmentary tableaux'II Across the Black WatersIII The 'magnificent ditch' in its imperial contextIV British perspectivesV Indian passages to England: travelling in the westVI Forged through the medium of travel: Toru Dutt and Sarojini Naidu2: The Spasm of the Familiar: Indians in late nineteenth-century LondonI '...to England to discover India'II Native and foreign in EnglandIII 'Versions of our old route': India-in-BritainIV City networks: 'No route back'V A poetics of crossing: 'that world-wide circle - like an electric current'3: Lotus Artists: Self-orientalism and DecadenceI 'Catching the nearing echo': 1890s poetic encounters between India and BritainII The fantastical 1890sIII 'Lotus-eyed' Ghose 'the Primavera poet'IV 'so impetuous and so sympathetic': Sarojini Naidu as self-orientalistV Cornelia Sorabji: 'getting England into my bones'4: Edwardian Extremes and Extremists, 1901-13I Difference withinII India Housed and UnhousedIII Indian BloomsburyIV On or about 19125: Coda-Indian Salients6: Works Cited