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Translocal Anglo-India and the Multilingual Reading Public

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October 16, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

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Prof. James Mulholland presents this talk that proposes a new literary history of British Asia that examines it earliest communities and cultural institutions in translocal and regional registers.

“Combining translocalism and regionalism redefines Anglo-Indian writing as constituted by multi-sited forces, only one of which is the reciprocal exchange between Britain and its colonies that has been the prevailing focus of literary criticism about empire. I focus on the 18th century’s overlooked military men and low-level colonial administrators who wrote newspaper verse, travel poetry, and theatrical dramas. I place these compositions in an institutional chronicle defined by the cultural company-state, the British East India Company, which patronized and censored the mechanisms that created Anglo-India’s multilingual reading publics. In the process of arguing for Anglo-Indian literature as local and regional creation, I reconsider how “British” and “anglophone” should function in literary studies of colonialism organized not by hybridity or creolization, but by geographical relationships of distinction.”

Hosted by the Department of English Speakers Series.



October 16, 2018

3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Tompkins 123
United States
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