Australia India Institute Seminar Room
147-149 Barry Street
Carlton, VIC 3053
About the talk:
Drawing on representations of India in Mauritian literature and culture, this talk will examine an ‘off-shore’, ‘island-centered’ view of the ‘Grande Péninsule’. The talk will argue that despite historical linkages created through indenture migration in the 19th century and strengthened political ties between India and Mauritius in the postcolonial era, Mauritian literary cultures remain ambivalent with regard to India’s cultural dominance in the Indian Ocean region.
About the speaker:
Srilata Ravi is Professor of French Literature at the Faculté Saint-Jean of the University of Alberta. She taught at the University of Western Australia (2004-2010) and the National University of Singapore (1994-2003) before joining the University of Alberta in 2010. Her main research interests are in Global Francophone Literatures and Cultures; Postcolonial Studies, Diaspora Studies and Indian Ocean Studies. Her publications include Sports, modernité et réseaux impériaux : Napoléon Lajoie, Kumar Shri Ranjitsinhji, baseball et cricket au tournant du XXe siècle (with Claude Couture, 2017); Rethinking Global Mauritius: Critical Essays on Mauritian Literatures and Cultures (2013); Ecritures mauriciennes au féminin: penser l'altérité (2011, with Véronique Bragard); Rainbow Colors-Literary Ethno-topographies of Mauritius (2007), and Asia in Europe, Europe in Asia (2004 with Mario Rutten and Beng Lan Goh).