India’s Francophone Literature

Time TBA
UChicago Center in Delhi


​French, long a language of colonial power in India, is still present in Indian literature today. Generally ignored in the English-speaking world, India's francophone literature is gaining a new lease on life, as new authors contribute to its growing corpus, as translations of major literary works appear, and as scholars develop new perspectives on this site of cultural encounter. A one-day conference at the University of Chicago Delhi Center, organised by Blake Smith of the University of Chicago and Prof. Vijaya Rao of the Centre for French and Francophone Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, will bring one of India's leading francophone authors, K. Madavane, in dialogue with scholars who study Indian francophone writing from the nineteenth century to the present. This is first time that an English-language conference will examine this aspect of India's cultural heritage.

This event is by invitation only.