Tanya Agathocleous, CUNY:
Choosing between Country and Friend:
Modernism, Syncretism and Disaffection in the Imperial Encounter
Ideals of East-West syncretism abound in a range of early twentieth-century works, from the theosophical lectures of Annie Besant to the poetry of Rabindranath Tagore. The cultural union of East and West was imagined as a solution to global political conflict and often allegorized as an affective relationship, such as a romance or friendship. Yet it was also represented as a relationship destined to fail; this lecture explores the formal and political significance of disaffection in works such as Forster's Passage to India and the modernist magazine East and West.
Part of the Literature Department Graduate Speaker Series