Symposium Programme

Leonard Woolf's The Village in the Jungle

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9:30-10:00: Registration

10:00-11:15:  Opening Keynote

Chandani Lokuge (Monash University, Australia)
‘Indigenous Tradition and the Western Imagination:
Leonard Woolf's The Village in the Jungle'

11:15-11:30: Coffee/Tea

11:30-12:45: The Village in the Jungle Roundtable

A discussion of key passages from Leonard (and possibly Virginia) Woolf, led by
Elleke Boehmer (Oxford)
Hermione Lee (Oxford)
Susheila Nasta (OU)
Nisha Manocha (Wolfson)
Anna Snaith (KCL)
David Trotter (Cambridge) tbc
The readings will be circulated to all participants in advance.

12:45-1:45: Lunch

1:45-3:15: Panel discussion: ‘Perceptions of the Jungle'
Chair: Nicola Robinson (York)

Ruvani Ranasinha (KCL)
'The Village in the Jungle then and now/here and there'
Susan Jones (St Hilda's, Oxford)
‘Visual and kinaesthetic presentations of the jungle'
Dominic Davies (St Anne's, Oxford)
'Structural Violence and Violence against Structures in The Village in the Jungle'
Priyasha Mukhopadhyay (Wolfson College, Oxford)
‘"Their greasy little notebooks": Debt and the Headman in The Village in the Jungle'

3:15-3:30: Tea/Coffee

3:30-4:45: Closing Plenary

Victoria Glendinning (biographer of Leonard Woolf)
Introduced by Hermione Lee (biographer of Virginia Woolf)

‘The Village in the Jungle: An a-typical colonial memoir.'

4:45-4:50: Short break

4:50-6:00: Writers reading

Charne Lavery (chair)
Roshi Fernando
Roma Tearne
Romesh Gunesekera

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