English Association Literary Salon – Elleke Boehmer in conversation with Diya Gupta and Barbara Gallego Larrarte

Elleke Boehmer is the Professor of World Literature in English, in the English Faculty at the University of Oxford and the Director of The Oxford Research in the Humanities (TORCH). She is the author of five monographs and five novels, and is a foundational figure in the field of colonial and postcolonial literary studies. Her monographs are Colonial and Postcolonial Literature (1995, 2005), Empire, the National and the Postcolonial: Resistance in Interaction (2002), Stories of Women (2005), the biography Nelson Mandela (2008), and Indian Arrivals 1870-1915: Networks of British Empire (2015). Indian Arrivals won the ESSE 2016 prize for Literature in English. Her novels include the 2015 The Shouting in the Dark (long-listed Sunday Times Barry Ronge prize), as well as Screens again the Sky (short-listed David Hyam Prize, 1990), Bloodlines (shortlisted SANLAM prize), and Nile Baby (2008), and she has also published the short-story collection Sharmilla and Other Portraits (2010). She edited the British best-seller Robert Baden-Powell’s Scouting for Boys (2004), and the anthology Empire Writing (OWC 1998), and has co-edited several books, including J.M. Coetzee in Writing and Theory (2009) and Terror and the Postcolonial (2010). She is the General Editor of the Oxford Studies in Postcolonial Literatures Series, and she was a Man Booker International judge 2013-15. She holds an Honorary Doctorate from Linnaeus University in Sweden.

Diya Gupta is interested in the intersections between life-writing, visual culture and literature, particularly in response to war. Her doctoral research at the Department of English, King’s College London, seeks to provide the first literary and cultural examination of the Indian soldiers’ experiences in the Second World War, looking at life-writing and visual culture sources as well as responses to this war in Indian literature and intellectual thought. Drawing upon her bilingual skills, she considers works in both English and Bengali languages. Diya’s work has been published by the The Telegraph (India), London literary journal The Still Point, London-based magazine Funhouse, the British Library’s ‘Untold Lives’ series and Imperial War Museums’ Research Blog. Watch a short film on her research here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbKO-C-kZ8A&t=0s.

Bárbara Gallego Larrarte is a DPhil candidate at Wolfson College, University of Oxford, whose work explores the potential impact younger generations can have on the development of older writers. Her doctoral project brings to the foreground this reverse influence by shedding new light on intergenerational relationships forged within the literary circles of Britain and America during the interwar years, with a focus on Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot and E. M. Forster. Bárbara’s interests include literary networks, life-writing and the pedagogical uses of modernist parties. For more on this last topic, please attend her panel with Nanette O’Brien and Sarah Churchwell: “Creative Pedagogy and Public Engagement with Modernism”.

Wednesday 5th July, 5.00