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India in Britain

Nasta, Susheila [Hrsg.]:
India in Britain : South Asian Networks and Connections, 1858-1950 / ed. by Susheila Nasta. - Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. - XXV, 221 S. : Ill.
ISBN 978-0-230-39271-7
£ 50,00 / US$ 85,00
DDC: 305.8914041; 820.9954; 940.00491411

India in Britain traces the often hidden lines of Indian-British connection which took place on British soil during the period 1858-1950. Moving away from orthodox narratives of the Raj and the British presence in India, this book exposes a differently- contoured landscape, drawing attention to the significance of the many networks and connections that South Asians themselves established on British soil. Interdisciplinary in ethos, it stretches across ten decades, from the high point of empire to the better known period of migration following World War Two. Presenting readings of cultural history drawn from little-known archival material and interrogating contemporary readings of diaspora and migration in the light of this new material, it points to the urgent need to open up the parameters of this rich field of study. The contents of the book which cover topics ranging from literature, to the visual arts, history and politics, will be illuminating to those interested in the long history of the South Asian presence in Britain and its relevance to today's culturally diverse present. The perspectives of the different essays, written by several internationally distinguished scholars provide a depth and range of interdisciplinary approaches. [Verlagsinformation]

List of Figures. ix
Acknowledgments. xi
Notes on Contributors. xiii
Nayantara Sahgal:
Foreword: The Importance of Strangers. xvii
Susheila Nasta:
Introduction. 1
1. Elleke Boehmer:
The Zigzag Lines of Tentative Connection: Indian-British Contacts in the Late Nineteenth Century. 12
2. Santanu Das:
Writing Empire, Fighting War: India, Great Britain and the First World War. 28
3. Alexander Bubb:
Tracing the Legacy of an Experimental Generation: Three Iconic Indian Travellers in 1890s London. 46
4. Siobhan Lambert-Hurley:
Forging Global Networks in the Imperial Era: Atiya Fyzee in Edwardian London. 64
5. Humayan Ansari:
'A Mosque in London worthy of the tradition of Islam and worthy of the capital of the British Empire': The Struggle to Create Muslim Space, 1910-1944. 80
6. Sarah Victoria Turner:
Crafting Connections: The India Society and the Formation of an Imperial Artistic Network in Early Twentieth-Century Britain. 96
7. Chandani Lokuge:
Dialoguing with Empire: The Literary and Political Rhetoric of Sarojini Naidu. 115
8. Madhumita Lahiri:
'Best Sellers': India, Indians and the British Reading Public. 134
9. Colin Chambers:
'A Flute of Praise': Indian Theatre in Britain in the Early Twentieth Century. 149
10. Emma Bainbridge and Florian Stadtler:
Calling From London, Talking to India: South Asian Networks at the BBC and the case of G.V. Desani. 164
11. Jacqueline Gold:
'Civilising Sabu of India': Redefining the White Man's Burden in Twentieth-Century Britain. 179
12. Antoinette Burton:
Connective Tissue: South Asians and the Making of Postcolonial Histories in Britain. 194
Select Bibliography. 207
Index. 217


SUSHEILA NASTA is Professor of Modern Literature at the Open University, UK and a renowned critic, broadcaster and literary activist. Editor of Wasafiri, the magazine of international contemporary writing, which she founded in 1984, she has published widely on South Asian Britain. Recent publications include: Home Truths: Fictions of the South Asian Diaspora (Palgrave, 2002); Writing Across Worlds: Contemporary Writers Talk. A photographic history of South Asian Britain is forthcoming with Westbourne Press in 2013. Before joining the OU, she worked at the Universities of London and Cambridge and held several research fellowships overseas. She received an MBE for her services to Black and Asian Literature in 2011. Profile page.

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