Politics of Travel: A Post Colonial Discussion on Vivekananda


  • Mr. Subhashis Banerjee Assistant Professor of English: Government Model College Seppa Rajiv Gandhi Central University Arunachal Pradesh India


The paper attempts to locate the travel writings of Vivekananda within the purview of postcolonial studies. Vivekananda had travelled within India as a ‘parivrajaka’ (the travelling monk) from 1888 to 1893 and in May 1893 crossed the ‘kalapani’ to represent India in the Parliament of World’s Religion held in Chicago. This led to many more travels within India and to the West. The places he visited in the West are Canada, America, France, England, Germany and Egypt. He was a traveller who left his impressions, views and observations in the form of letters, diaries and memoirs. A close study of such documents, as well as secondary materials, leads to questions of imperialism, identity, self-other dichotomy, comparative religion, women and acculturation


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