Department of English

University of Toronto


ENG369H1S   L0101   T10, R10-12
South Asian Literatures in English  
Professor Rijuta Mehta

Brief Description of the Course:
This course introduces you to questions of anti-colonialism, feminism, same-sex desire, technology, spirituality, race and caste apartheid, rape and territorial boundaries through a close reading of literature and media from India.

Required Reading: Short Stories: Rokeya Hossain, Sultana’s Dream (1905); Rabindranath Tagore, Streer Patra (The Wife’s Letter) (1914); Ismat Chughtai, Lihaaf (The Quilt) (1942); Saadat Hasan Manto, Khol Do (Open It) (1948); Bhupen Khakhar, Untitled (A Story) (1968); Vijay Dan Detha, Dohri Joon (A Double Life) (1979).

Poetry:  Kabir, Mirabai, and Gangasati (12th to 16th centuries CE); Agha Shahid Ali, selections from The Country without a Post Office (1997). 

Novels: Raja Rao, Kanthapura (1938); Mulk Raj Anand, Untouchable (1935); Salman Rushdie, Midnight’s Children (1981).

Visual Novel: Dayanita Singh, selections from Myself Mona Ahmed (2001).

Films: Anand Patwardhan, Kranti ki Tarangein [Waves of Revolution] (1977); Deepa Mehta, 1947 Earth (1998).

Method of Instruction: Lecture and discussion.

Method of Evaluation: Short essays, class test, and class participation. 

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