The University of Iowa

Oct. 22 lecture explores ‘The Indian Novel as an Agent of History’

October 15th, 2013

Indian novelist Chandrahas Choudhury will present a lecture, “The Indian Novel as an Agent of History,” on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. in 302 Schaeffer Hall. This event is free and open to the public. Chai and snacks will be served.

From the mid-19th century onwards, the Indian novel opened a new way for writers and readers to contemplate the history of the civilization and social order to which they belonged. Gradually, Indian novelists began to perceive that with all the imaginative and analytical narrative resources at their disposal, they could write complex stories that sought to be slightly in advance of history, not just in step with it. The Indian novel became, like Indian democracy, a new site of freedom and idealism within Indian history.

Choudhury’s first novel, Arzee the Dwarf, was chosen by World Literature Today as one of "60 Essential Works of Modern Indian Literature in English." He reviews books in the New York Times and the Washington Post and writes a weekly column on India for Bloomberg World View.

This event is co-sponsored by the South Asian Studies Program (SASP) in International Programs and the International Writing Program. To see more events in the SASP seminar series, visit

For more information, contact Philip Lutgendorf at or 319-335-2157.