HIN 384 • Hindi Literature in the Nationalist Era (1920s-1940s)
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
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.
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