Passages to India: Santha Rama Rau’s Adaptation of E. M. Forster’s Novel for the Stage

by Paola Carmagnani

The essay offers a critical analysis of Santha Rama Rau’s theatrical adaptation of E. M. Forster’s novel, largely ignored by postcolonial criticism. Situating Rau’s text within its specific historical and cultural context and examining it through a close reading which has not been attempted before, the essay aims to reveal the multiple “passages to India” that shape it. The intermedial passage from novel to theatre is in fact as well a symbolic passage, where the novel’s implicitly Eurocentric vision is by no means erased, but rather interpreted and re-created within a dialogic process.