4400 Topics in South Asian Literature in English

ENG4400HS    L0101    

Modern South Asia in Literature and Media    

Mehta, R.


Course Description:  

Throughout the twentieth century, territorial re-mappings, independence struggles, and ethnonationalist state violence have made modern South Asia a radically shifting cultural construct that coincides and collides with lived experience. This course tackles urgent questions of anti-colonialism, feminism, queerness, technology, spirituality, stardom, caste apartheid, and ecology, through a close reading of literature and media spanning the mid-twentieth century to present times. It brings cultural critique to a range of materials, including Anglophone literary classics, fiction and film in translation, and poetic and avant-garde experimentation.  

Course Reading List: (tentative)

[Reading and viewing list—subject to change] 
Agha Shahid Ali, The Country Without A Post Office 
Amrita Pritam, The Revenue Stamp 
Anand Patwardhan, Waves of Revolution 
Bapsi Sidhwa, Ice Candy Man 
Dayanita Singh, Myself Mona Ahmed 
Ismat Chughtai, The Quilt & Other Stories 
Janice Pariat, Boats on Land 
Mira Nair, Mississippi Masala 
Raja Rao, Kanthapura 
R.K. Narayan, The Guide 
Saadat Hasan Manto, Mottled Dawn 
Satyajit Ray, Pather Panchali 
Salman Rushdie, Midnight’s Children 

Method of Evaluation and Course Requirements [NB: SGS requires that participation grade must not exceed 20% of total grade]



Term: S-TERM (January 2025 to April 2025)
Date/Time: Friday, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm,
Location:  TBA

Delivery: In-Person