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Dr. Martha Selby, Chair 120 INNER CAMPUS DR STOP G9300 WCH 4.134 78712-1251 • 512-471-5811

Spring 2007

ANS 372 • Literature of the India Subcontinent

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
30595 MWF
2:00 PM-3:00 PM
PAR 105

Course Description

This course will treat the literature of the subcontinent in the context of history and tradition in its effects on identity. One entry point into understanding history will be through the role playing "Reacting to the Past" exercise centered around the Indian Independence movement in which students will "inhabit" roles as leaders of various factions (Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, British, etc.) and make a case for the "future" of India. The research required to understand each role will also enhance understanding of the tensions found in contemporary literature from the subcontinent. The contemporary novels and short stories we read will build on discussions Partition and extend into the 21st century. There will be approximately 5 required film texts, most to be scheduled outside of class time.

Grading Policy

Participation in "Reacting" (includes written work, preparation for the role, and debates in the "conference") 25% Participation in Class Discussions of literature 10% Reading Quizzes. Best 6 of 8 grades 10% Short paper on experiencing India in Austin. Dining, dancing, listening, etc. 10% Paper # 1. (3-4 pages). 15% Prospectus for final paper (2-3 pages) 5% Final Paper. (6-8 pages) 25%


R.K. Narayan. The Mahabharata: A Shortened Modern Prose Version Picador Book of Modern Indian Writing. Amrit Chauduri, ed. Reacting to the Past: Defining a Nation: India on the Eve of Independence. Ainslee Embry, ed. Anita Desai. Clear Light of Day. Kiran Desai. The Inheritance of Loss. Arundhatai Roy. The God of Small Things. Recommended: Sources of Indian Tradition: V. 2: Modern India and Pakistan. Stephen Hay, ed. Course Reader available at Abel's Copies: featuring some traditional context (some Vedas, etc.) and a range of modern stories.


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