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

Fall 2008

HIN 384 • Hindi Literature in the Nationalist Era (1920s-1940s)

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
31835 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
mez 2.120

Course Description

This graduate course in Hindi examines nationalism in Hindi writing (fiction, non-fiction) and in cinema. The focus begins with writing of the 1980s and 90s and then shifts to the pre-Independence period. The texts and films deal with such topics as Partition, communalism, Hindu-Muslim relations, intercaste marriage, and Hindutva. We will also consider the thesis that Hindi journalism during the last several decades has contributed to the rise of Hindu nationalism. A paper project will be integral to each student's contribution, based on original research in Hindi and English sources. Classroom discussion will primarily be conducted in Hindi.

Grading Policy

Mid-term 20% Final exam 30% Term paper 40% Class participation 10%


Readings: Amrita Pritam, Pinjar Geetanjali Shree, "Bel Patra" Shivkumar Goyal, Vinayak Damodar Savarkar Golwalkar, Shriguruji: Samagra Darshan Articles from the Hindi press and on Hindi journalism. Films: Pinjar Zakham Bombay Fiza


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