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

Fall 2008

URD 384 • Urdu Satire and Humor

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
0 W
5:30 PM-8:30 PM
WCH 4.118

Course Description

This course will explore the role of humor in Urdu prose and poetry. We will discuss texts ranging from the eighteenth century hajws (satires) of Muhammad Rafi Sauda and Mir Taqi Mir to the twenty-first century newspaper cartoons. Through a study of Urdu humor, we shall see how satire, parody and irony are interwoven to contest and dismantle various forms of hegemonic socio-political discourses. The issues of "obscenity" and censhorship as well as the idea of cross-cultural untranslatabiliy will be highlighted.

Grading Policy

Class attendance/reaction papers 30% Midterm 30% Final 40%


Course packet available at Speedway


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