A Reading and Conversation with Amit Chaudhuri and Wendy Doniger @ Seminary Co-op

A Reading and Conversation with Amit Chaudhuri and Wendy Doniger @ Seminary Co-op
Date: Thu, Apr 25, 2024
Time: 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Location: 5751 S Woodlawn, Chicago, IL 60615
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The Seminary Co-op will host an in-person reading and conversation with Amit Chaudhuri focusing on his first three novels, A Strange and Sublime Address, Afternoon Raagand Freedom Songall of which are being reissued this May by NYRB Classics. Chaudhuri will be joined in conversation by Wendy Doniger, author of the introduction to Freedom Song and scholar of history, religion, and South Asian studies.

These early Chaudhuri novels follow characters synthesized, to varying degrees, from Chaudhuri’s own experiences growing up between Calcutta and Bombay, and later studying in London and Oxford, suspended between multiple tethers, some unraveling and some still materializing, to homes old and new. A "sublime impressionist," as Boyd Tonkin writes in the New Statesmen, Chaudhuri is lauded for his uncanny attention to detail and defamiliarizing approach to the commonplace, producing in his fiction a posture of wonderment toward the world.  "Nothing is too small or boring," Jonathan Coe writes of Chaudhuri in the London Review of Books, "he defamiliarises the everyday, reinvigorates the ordinary, and makes the humdrum exciting.”  

The discussion will be followed by a Q&A and book signing. Though not required, Seminary Co-op asks that prospective attendants RSVP for the event.

About the speakers:

Amit Chaudhuri is a novelist, essayist, poet, and musician. A fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he lives in Calcutta and the United Kingdom. Sojourn is his eighth novel. Among his other works are three books of essays, the most recent of which is The Origins of Dislike; a study of D.H. Lawrence’s poetry; a book of short stories, Real Time; two works of non-fiction, the latest of which is Finding the Raga; and four volumes of poetry, including New and Selected Poems (New York Review Poets, 2023). Formerly a professor of contemporary literature at the University of East Anglia, Chaudhuri is now a professor of creative writing and the director of the Centre for the Creative and the Critical at Ashoka University, as well as the editor of www.literaryactivism.com. He has made several recordings of Indian classical and experimental music, and has been awarded the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction, the Indian government’s Sahitya Akademi Award, and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. 

Wendy Doniger is the Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor Emerita of the History of Religions at the University of Chicago. She is the author of more than forty books, and among her translations from Sanskrit are three titles from Penguin Classics. Her most recent book is Winged Stallions and Wicked Mares: Horses in Indian Myth and History.


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