By Susheila Nasta

Relocating clear of orthodox narratives of the Raj and British presence in India, this ebook examines the importance of the networks and connections that South Asians validated on British soil. taking a look at the interval 1858-1950, it provides readings of cultural background and issues to the pressing have to open up the parameters of this box of analysis.

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Once again, in order to develop a deeper insight into this encounter, we are better off turning to the Briton’s preface to a selection of the young Indian woman’s poems, and to certain richly suggestive juxtapositions of British and Indian natural references in her miscellaneous work in this same book. Only from these zigzag sources do we gain a sense, albeit fuzzy, of how the two perceived one another and one another’s culture. These same poems also include an evocative dramatization of a meeting between a British woman and two Indians, ‘Near Hastings’, which is interesting not only for being perhaps the first encounter between an Indian and a Briton represented in poetry in English, but for what it says about how Dutt experienced England on her travels.

The temper of Indian–British relations shifted markedly for example from the more temperate reformist agendas of the Indian National Congress at the turn of the long nineteenth century to the more strident call for freedom following the vicissitudes of the First Introduction 7 World War, immediately followed by the massacre at Amritsar when Tagore turned down his knighthood. This resulted in a significant change in feeling amongst both Indians and Britons in the 1920s and 1930s, an attitude clearly reflected in media coverage and reception.

Forster and William Empson. This both ‘challenged’ institutionalized ‘paradigms of centre and periphery’, and importantly created a collegial context for formative exchanges which were, as Emma Bainbridge and Florian Stadtler note, to anticipate international formations of postcoloniality later in the century (Chapter 10). 10 India in Britain There is no doubt that India in Britain has been sparked in part by contemporary preoccupations within the humanities: with questions of politics, community, culture, the ethics of critical rhetoric, cultural value and perspective – in short with the politics of reading and how to read differently.

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