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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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Edwardian Extremes and Extremists, 1901–13

Edwardian Extremes and Extremists, 1901–13

(p.191) 4 Edwardian Extremes and Extremists, 1901–13
Indian Arrivals 1870–1915

Elleke Boehmer

Oxford University Press

Chapter 4 traces the marked bifurcation in the representation of India-in-Britain that accompanied the radicalization of Indian politics in the first decade of the twentieth century. As Indian nationalists in India began to protest ever more concertedly against the British presence on the subcontinent, a growing number of Indian students in British universities, especially those clustered around India House, set about defining themselves in opposition, rather than in relation to the imperial ‘homeland’. In a corresponding development, despite the fact that Britain now played host to increasingly more Indian students and other visitors, some Indians in Britain, resistant to incorporation into the British social landscape, began to single themselves out as different and recalcitrant, rather than as integrated and urbane citizens of the empire. In its second half, Chapter 4 looks at the annus mirabilis of the Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore’s reception in London, 1912–13, in particular in what can be called Indian Bloomsbury.

Keywords:   avant-gardes, extremism, Indian Bloomsbury, modernism, orientalism, Rabindranath Tagore, racism, terror, William Rothenstein

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