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Book discussion looks for 'Passage to India'

BY ROD JONES, Oklahoma City University Modified: January 29, 2013 at 1:58 pm •  Published: January 29, 2013

The Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma book discussion series at Oklahoma City University will continue its winter 2013 season at 7 p.m. Feb. 5 with “A Passage to India” by E.M. Forster. The discussion is free to the public and will be held in Walker Center room 151 at NW.26 and Florida Avenue.

The series is made possible through a grant from the Oklahoma Humanities Council.

“A Passage to India” is Forster’s recounting of the mythical and physical journeys of characters amidst three religious traditions — Christianity, Islam and Hinduism — in the twilight of the British Empire in India. The book explores the encounters of its two main characters, a woman from England and an Indian doctor, and their struggles to understand each others’ cultures.

Amrita Sen, an English professor who specializes in world literature, will lead the discussion.

This season’s series is titled “Myth and Literature” and is inspired by the numerous interviews of Joseph Campbell, a writer who specialized in comparative mythology and comparative religion, by journalist Bill Moyers that appeared on PBS television.

“Myths have been called stories in which people find their most important meanings,” said Harbour Winn, director of OCU’s Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film & Literature.

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