Midnight's Grandparents

First-Wave South Asian Literature in English,
A Century Later

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Conference Schedule

9:00 Registration and Refreshments
9:30 Panel One: Mulk Raj Anand

"The Realist Novel and the Future State:
Redefining the Citizen in Mulk Raj Anand's Coolie"
Ulka S. Anjaria, Stanford University

"Outside of India, Outside of Politics:
Mulk Raj Anand's Edifying English Audiences by
Writing Indian Culture as Humanist Protest in Untouchable"
Kelly Minerva, University of Toronto

"‘True to the Salt of the Sarkar:’ Indian Sepoys in
Mulk Raj Anand’s Across the Black Waters"
Prabhjot Parmar, University of Western Ontario

10:50 Coffee Break
11:00 Keynote Address

"Fathers and Sons"
Prof. Amitava Kumar, Penn State University
Author of Bombay-London-New York (2002) and Husband of a Fanatic (2005)

12:00 Lunch
1:00 Panel Two: G. V. Desani, Attia Hosain and R. K. Narayan

"A Heart Divided: Education, Romance and the Domestic Sphere in
Attia Hosain’s Sunlight on a Broken Column"
Prof. Jill Didur, Concordia University

"Humiliated Heroes in All About H.Hatterr and Midnight’s Children"
Prasad Bidaye, University of Toronto

"Text as Fetish in R.K. Narayan’s Waiting for the Mahatma"
Alicia Peres, York University

2:30 Coffee Break

Panel Three: Jean Arasanayagam, Raja Rao and Anti-Colonial Indian Theatre

"Imperial Histories and the Languages of Indian Theatre"
Prof. Nandi Bhatia, University of Western Ontario

"Forked Tongues, Divided Selves: A Brief Analysis of
Yawar Fiesta by José María Arguedas and Kanthapura by Raja Rao"
Lipi Biswas Sen, University of Toronto

"Identity Watershed: Experience, Nationalism and Survival
in the Work of Sri Lankan Writer Jean Arasanayagam"
Danielle Vriend, York University

3:45 Feature Video Presentation

"A Conversation with Susan and Raja Rao"
Filmed and conducted by Prasad Bidaye
Recorded February 2005

4:00 Reception

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