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

Spring 2008

URD 384 • Urdu Popular Culture and Literary Criticism

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
32370 T
5:30 PM-8:30 PM
WCH 4.118
Hyder, Akbar

Course Description

Explores the emergence and formal development of literary and cultural criticism in Urdu. Students will be exposed to selected texts (written and visual) from India and Pakistan, including the writings of Shamsurrahman Faruqi, Hasan Askari, Zeenat Sajida. Other class topics include: popular culture in modern Urdu speaking communities; gender and sexuality in the constitution of a "popular" culture; nation-states and the mediation/censorship of culture.

Grading Policy

1 Reaction Paper (20%) Take-Home Exam (15%) 1 Final Paper (40%) Class Participation & Quizzes (25%)


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