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Elleke Boehmer

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198744184

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198744184.001.0001

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Passages to England

Passages to England

Suez, the Indian Pathway

(p.32) 1 Passages to England
Indian Arrivals 1870–1915

Elleke Boehmer

Oxford University Press

Chapter 1 focuses on the ways in which travel writing allowed Indian travellers to respond to and evaluate the new and changing human situations that they encountered both en route to Britain and in the metropolis. The chapter collates Indian accounts of ‘voyages in’ from various Indian ports through the Suez Canal to London in order to explore the symbolism of Indian crossings-over, their passages to England. A book on journeys and arrivals therefore opens, appropriately, with that primary phase of passing into the west. Travelogues, memoirs, diaries, and related documents from S. A. Ali, Lala Baijnath, R. C. Dutt, Toru Dutt, and the Raja of Kolhapur, among others, set against those from western travellers like Edwin Arnold and Leonard Woolf, cast the metropolis as both distant and near, and the homeland as defined from a vantage point abroad, through the process of ‘travelling in the west’.

Keywords:   journeys, passages to England, Suez Canal, travel writing, travelling in the west

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