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Book Discussion Looks for ‘Passage to India’

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 N.W. 26th Street 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. “In this series we explore humanity’s profound need to search for meaning and significance in the patterns of great stories from world mythology.”

At each session in the series, a humanities scholar makes a presentation on the book in the context of the theme. Small group discussions follow with experienced discussion leaders. At the end, all participants come together for a brief wrap-up.

Those who are interested in participating are encouraged to preregister and borrow the reading selections and theme brochure by calling Winn at (405) 208-5472, e-mailing him at or dropping by the Dulaney-Browne Library room 211 or 207.

Other dates and books in the series are:

* Feb. 19 with “The Summer Before the Dark” by Doris Lessing

* March 5 with “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald