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Exploring intersections between creative and critical writing: the interview

Gupta, D. ORCID: 0000-0003-3526-4148 & Gallego Larrarte, B. (2018). Exploring intersections between creative and critical writing: the interview. In: Marshall, G. & Eagleston, R. (Eds.), English: Shared Futures. (pp. 136-143). Martlesham, UK: Boydell & Brewer.


Elleke Boehmer, Professor of World Literature in English at the University of Oxford, is both a novelist, and a cultural and literary historian. Her critical and creative work published in 2015 focuses on the Indian Ocean cultural arena, teasing out its entanglements with empire and other global webs. The novel The Shouting in the Dark (Sandstone Press, 2015) crafts a portrait of a lonely girlhood and looks at the suppression of women’s voices through its narration of the inner life of a young woman in the 1970s, set against the political chaos of apartheid South Africa. The cultural history Indian Arrivals, 1870-1915: Networks of British Empire (Oxford University Press, 2015) considers the English metropole through Indian intellectual eyes, exploring the rich textures of contact between Indians and Britons on British soil at the height of empire through poetry and travel writing.

Interviewers Diya Gupta and Bárbara Gallego Larrarte are doctoral researchers at King’s College London and the University of Oxford respectively. Their conversation with Elleke Boehmer at Shared Futures examined the points of contact between creative and critical modes of thinking and writing.

Publication Type: Book Section
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > International Politics
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