ENG369H1SENG369H1S 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.