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The Postcolonial Careers of Santha Rama Rau
     

The Postcolonial Careers of Santha Rama Rau

by Antoinette Burton, Inderpal Grewal, Caren Kaplan, Robyn Wiegman
 

ISBN-10: 0822340712

ISBN-13: 9780822340713

Pub. Date: 09/26/2007

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Santha Rama Rau was one of the best known South Asian writers in postwar America. Born into India's elite in 1923, Rama Rau has lived in the United States since the 1940s. Although she is no longer well known, she was for several decades a popular expert on India. She provided an insider's view of Indian cultures, traditions, and history to an American public

Overview

Santha Rama Rau was one of the best known South Asian writers in postwar America. Born into India's elite in 1923, Rama Rau has lived in the United States since the 1940s. Although she is no longer well known, she was for several decades a popular expert on India. She provided an insider's view of Indian cultures, traditions, and history to an American public increasingly aware of the expanded role of the United States on the world stage. Between 1945 and 1970, Rama Rau published half a dozen books, including travelogues, novels, a memoir, and a Time-Life cookbook; she was a regular contributor to periodicals such as the New Yorker, the New York Times, McCall's, and Reader's Digest. Drawing on archival research and interviews with Rama Rau, Antoinette Burton opens Rama Rau's career into an examination of orientalism in the postwar United States, the changing idioms of cosmopolitanism in the postcolonial era, and the afterlife of British colonialism in the American public sphere.

About the Author:
Antoinette Burton is the Catherine C. and Bruce A. Bastian Professor of Global and Transnational Studies in the Department of History at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822340713
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
09/26/2007
Series:
Next Wave: New Directions in Women's Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Contents

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS....................viii
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS....................ix
INTRODUCTION The East as a Postcolonial Career....................1
1. Cold War Cosmopolitanism: The Education of Santha Rama Rau in the Age of Bandung, 1945-1960....................32
2. Interpreting British India in Anglo-America: The Cultural Politics of Santha Rama Rau's A Passage to India,1960-2005....................71
3. Home to India: Cooking with Santha Rama Rau....................109
EPILOGUE Cosmopolitanism by Any Other Name....................145
NOTES....................153
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY....................195
INDEX....................209

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