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India in Britain
South Asian Networks and Connections, 1858-1950
Edited by Susheila Nasta
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan
 
 
 
 
 
16 Nov 2012
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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.


Description

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.


Reviews

'This is indeed an impressive and ground-breaking collection of essays, offering significantly new research, and revealing the important contributions to British culture, society, and history made by Indian immigrants and visitors to Britain prior to World War ll.' - Lyn Innes, Emeritus Professor of Postcolonial Literatures, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK


Contents

List of Figures
Acknowledgments
Notes on Contributors
Preface: The Importance of Strangers; N.Sahgal
Introduction; S.Nasta
The Zig Zag Lines of Tentative Connection: Indian-British Contacts in the Late Nineteenth Century; E.Boehmer
Writing Empire, Fighting War: India, Great Britain and the First World War; S.Das
Tracing the Legacy of an Experimental Generation: Three Iconic Travellers in 1890s London; A.Bubb
Forging Global Networks in the Imperial Era: Atiya Fyzee in Edwardian London; S.Lambert-Hurley
'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; H.Ansari
Crafting Connections: The India Society and the Formation of an Imperial Artistic Network in Early Twentieth-Century Britain; S.V.Turner
Dialoguing with Empire: The Literary and Political Rhetoric of Sarojini Naidu; C.Lokuge
'Best Sellers': India, Indians and the British Reading Public; M.Lahiri
'A Flute of Praise': Indian Theatre in Britain in the Early Twentieth Century; C.Chambers
Calling From London, Talking to India: South Asian Networks at the BBC and the case of G.V. Desani; E.Bainbridge & F.Stadtler
'Civilising Sabu of India': Redefining the White Man's Burden in Twentieth-Century Britain; J.Gold
Connective Tissue: South Asians and the Making of Postcolonial Histories in Britain; A.Burton
Select Bibliography
Index


Authors

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.