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SOAS South Asia Institute

Literature of the Indian Subcontinent Book Talk Series: Aravind Adiga's "The White Tiger" (2008)

Kavita Ramdya
Kavita Ramdya

Date: 3 February 2014Time: 5:30 PM

Finishes: 3 February 2014Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College BuildingsRoom: 279

Type of Event: Seminar

Series: SSAI Seminar Programme

"Themes in Literature of the Indian Subcontinent" considers 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 fifth talk in the 2013/2014series considers Aravind Adiga's "The White Tiger" (2008) which describes the seedy underbelly of Delhi and Bombay along with how India's rigid class hierarchy interplays with the fictional narrator's ambitions to live the "American Dream".

Speaker Biography

Dr. Kavita Ramdya received her B.A. from New York University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Boston University where she was a Presidential University Graduate Fellow. She is the author of non-fiction work "Bollywood Weddings: Dating, Engagement and Marriage in Hindu America" (2009) and is a regular contributor to "On Faith" in "The Washington Post". She freelances about popular culture and current events and has been published in a variety of publications, both academic and mainstream, including "The Columbia Journal of American Studies", "News India Times", and "India Abroad". University teaching credits includes “Modern British Drama”, “Contemporary British Literature”, “Literature of the American Dream”, and “Literature of the American Frontier”.

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