Umasankar Patra is a PhD scholar and a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of English at the University of Delhi, New Delhi, India. He holds an MA in English from University of Hyderabad and an MPhil from EFLU, Hyderabad. He is working on the intersection of autobiography and narrative form in Christopher Isherwood for his dissertation. His project focuses on the construction of truth and the formation of self- the authorial self and the narratorial self in the texts of Isherwood. At Huntington, consulting Isherwood’s manuscripts, correspondence and lectures will help him to map the dialogism of the texts and the inter-textual nature of Isherwood’s corpus.

Katharine Stevenson is a PhD candidate in English at The University of Texas at Austin where she studies modern British literature. Her dissertation is on the work of Christopher Isherwood and his lifelong friend Edward Upward, focusing on their fictionalized memoirs and collaborative fictions. Her research examines the unique ways in which these authors represent themselves, practice introspection, and interpret their own experiences in public and private writing using strange and complicated genres and narrative voices. Stevenson’s project also takes into account the performative nature of much of Isherwood and Upward’s literary production. She will be teaching a course in Gay and Lesbian Literature and Culture at The University of Texas in 2016.


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Don Bachardy and Christopher Isherwood, Photo by Florence Homolka, 1962

Don Bachardy and Christopher Isherwood,
Photo by Florence Homolka, 1962