Tuesday 10 December, 2013

The next meeting of the Glasgow Colonial and Postcolonial group will be held in the seminar room of Lilybank House at 17.00 on 10 December 2013.

The speaker is Professor Mary Ellis Gibson, Professor of English Literature at the University of Glasgow.

Title:  “Middling People: Complicity, Resistance and Writing in the Empire.”

Abstract:  This paper will focus on the varied career of Emma Roberts–travel writer, cookbook editor, poet, and newspaper editor who lived in London, Calcutta and Bombay in the 1830s.  She was the first woman to support herself as a journalist in India, and her career raises interesting questions about the ways we think of those who were not part of imperial officialdom in Victorian India.  Could we call Roberts a cosmopolitan? What conceptual structures from colonial and post-colonial studies might we bring to bear to understand her cultural position and the position of others like her? How does the need to ‘make a living in the Empire’ become ‘making a living of the empire’?

All are welcome


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