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

Spring 2008

HIN 384 • 7-Language/Identity at the Margins of Hindi Fiction

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
31725 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
NOA 1.110

Course Description

This advanced reading course will focus upon the stories and novels of a diverse group of writers, including Muslims, women, Biharis, and Marwaris, who have broadened the landscape of Hindi writing in recent decades through their distinctive voices. We will explore the articulation of social identities in the context of post-Independence cultural and political change, looking closely at the varieties of language use that compete with "official Hindi." For comparison, one or two works by Urdu authors will be read in Devanagari transliteration.

Grading Policy

Midterm 20% Final 30% Paper 40% Class participation 10%


Nagarjun, Ugratara Phanishwarnath Renu, Rasapriya Ismat Chughtai, Chauthi ka Jora Krishna Sobti, Ai Larki Abdul Bismillah, Jhini Jhini Bini Chadariya Alka Saraogi, Kali Katha Badriuzzaman, Chako ki Vapasi


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