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Novels on marriages between Indians and British

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Oct 27, 2008, 5:20am Top

I have just started working on interracial marriages/relationships, specifically between Indians and British. I would like to do a comparison between late 19th century fiction on this subject and late 20th century fiction. I have so far found mainly British writers but would like to extend this if possible.
So far I have Seeta by Philip Meadows Taylor, The Hosts of the Lord by F.A. Steel, Lilamani by Maud Diver (and the other novels about the same family) for late 19th/early 20th. And Jewel in the Crown by Paul Scott, Heat and Dust by Ruth Prawer Jabhvala and My Beautiful Laundrette by Hanif Kureishi. I have read about other possible novels but they are often very out of print!
Does anyone know of any other fiction (novels/poetry/film) that feature this kind of marriage? Thanks very much.

Edited: Oct 27, 2008, 7:15am Top

The Far Pavilions by M M Kaye might fit the bill. It was written in the late 1970s I think, and it relates the story of a young British soldier, brought up in India in the latter half of the 19th century. It's quite long, but basically it's a love story between the soldier and his Indian childhood sweetheart. It also looks at some of the Indian marriage rites of that era, though not in particularly great detail.

Oct 27, 2008, 10:59am Top

Yes, thank you. (The Far Pavilions) may well fit the bill. I'll add it to list.

Nov 2, 2008, 9:07pm Top

Was "Ae Fond Kiss" based on a book? It's based on post-immigration relationship, but still seems to fit the bill. I can't remember if A Passage to India (E M Forster) has interracial marriage or not.

Nov 2, 2008, 9:11pm Top

Additional: There are a number of Indian films concerned with marrying foreigners. Ones that come to mind are Salaam Namaste (a side plot), Bride and Prejudice (actually English), Lagaan (only in part) and Mangal Pandey: The Rising.

Nov 4, 2008, 6:55pm Top

No particular titles to recommend but I wonder if you might find Douglas Kerr's book, Eastern Figures: Orient and Empire in British Writing useful here. (He's also my professor at the moment!) In one chapter he discusses Maud Divers's stories and other British stories of inter-racial romance. I personally never made a distinction between "colonial domestic romance" and "colonial adventure romance" before reading this bit of the book.

Nov 10, 2008, 3:26pm Top

back in the eighteenth century, which of course, is off-period, dean mahomet's 'travels' include his birth in india and eventual immigration to ireland and marriage to an irish woman. walter scott's 'guy mannering' is about scots in india.

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