Tuesday, September 27, 2005
The Rumour of Calcutta:
Tourism, Charity and the Poverty of Representation
'.... John Hutnyk, in his fascinating study of Western interpretations of Calcutta, attempts to excavate the city from under the layers of accreted prejudices. He shows convincingly how, even before the traveller arrives, the reputation of Calcutta has laid down a sediment of ideas that acts as a modifier on subsequent experiences....'