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

Fall 2008

ANS 388 • A Critical Approach to the Study of South Asian Texts

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31415 M
2:00 PM-5:00 PM

Course Description

This graduate-level seminar will provide students with an introduction to literary theory and its particular applicability in reading and analyzing South Asian literature. During the course of the semester, we will explore Indian "classics" on connoisseurship, reader-response, style, and suggestion, as well as modern and contemporary works on literary theory from the west. Each week, we will pair up a literary text from South Asia (broadly defined) with an appropriate critical work. The goal of the seminar is to give students an ability to read and write critically, and to "use" theory in an appropriate fashion; that is, to inspire synthetic analysis without "applying" theory dogmatically.

Grading Policy

1 topics paper (8-10 pages in length) plus presentation 20% 2 commentaries (2-3 pages in length) plus presentation 30% total (15% each) Formal oral presentation of research paper in progress 20% Final research paper (25-40 pages in length) 30%


Eagleton, Terry. Literary Theory: An Introduction. Miller, Barbara Stoler. Theater of Memory. Parthasarathy, R., trans. The Cilappatikram of Ilanko Atikal. Selby, Martha Ann. Grow Long, Blessed Night: Love Poems from Classical India. Doniger, Wendy and Sudhir Kakar, trans. KŒmasètra. Barthes, Roland. The Pleasure of the Text. Foley, John Miles. How to Read an Oral Poem. Rushdie, Salman. Shame. Todorov, Tzvetan. The Fantastic. Course packet.


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