Saturday, 1 March 2014

Themes in Literature of the Indian Subcontinent - Book Talk Series at SOAS

This 2013-2014 book talk series at SOAS explores overarching ideas such as double segregation, isolation and nostalgia in the works of major contemporary authors of the Indian diaspora in relation to the changing historical, political, socioeconomic and cultural contexts of migration. The talks are free and all are welcome! The talks are led by Kavita Ramdya (SOAS) and take place in Room 279, Russell Square: College Buildings from 17.00 - 19.00. 

On Monday 3rd March  Jhumpa Lahiri's "Unaccustomed Earth" published in 2008 will be discussed. The collection of short stories explores the tensions that arise from growing up in an Indian household in America, inter-generational communications and arranged versus love marriage.

On Monday 7th April discussion will centre around "Nacropolis" by Jeet Thayil, a fictional representation of Bombay's drug trade as told through multiple narrators over the course of three decades. 

This series is one of the many events organized by the new SOAS South Asia Institute. For further information and a listing of future events please visit:

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