E 360L • Literature of South Asia
8:00 AM-9:30 AM
Previously offered as E 360L, Literature from South Asia and its Emigres.
This course will explore the emergence and history of English language literature in India, with some comparison of literature in translation. Some early reading in the history of colonial and Independent India will enhance our understanding of the texts. Exploration of the diversity in the subcontinent, of the effects of the English language on identity, and of issues of cultural globalism, as well as issues raised by individual texts. The contemporary novels and short stories we read will build on discussions of Partition and extend into the 21st century.
There will be approximately 5 required film texts, most to be scheduled outside of class time.
Research presentation and paper on history or culture of India. Subject to be assigned 10%
Participation in Class Discussions of literature 10%
Reading Quizzes. Best 5 of 7 grades. 10%
Short paper on experiencing India in Austin. Dining, dancing, listening, etc. 10%
Test on history, Picador Readings 15%
Paper #1 (3-4 pages) 15%
Final Exam (objective and in-class essay) 30%
Picador Book of Modern Indian Writing. Amrit Chauduri, ed.
Chaterjee, Upamanyu. English August.
Kiran Desai. The Inheritance of Loss.
R.K. Narayan. The Mahabharata: A Shortened Modern Prose Version
Roy, Arundhati. The God of Small Things.
Rushdie, Salman. Shame.
Recommended: Sources of Indian Tradition: V. 2: Modern India and Pakistan. Stephen Hay, ed.
Course Reader available at Abel's Copies: featuring some traditional context (some Vedas, etc.) and a range of modern stories.