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Indian Writing in English

Course coordinator: Sutanuka Ghosh

PG Optional       Semester 1&3   July-Dec 2014    Eng/PG/F1


Week                    Texts


1-2                          Introductory lectures

Reading Meenakshi Mukherjee’s The Anxiety of Indianness: Our Novels in English, Salman Rushdie’s Imaginary Homelands and Introduction to the Vintage edition of Indian Writing in English, and excerpts from K.R. Srinivas Iyengar’s Indian Writing in English


3-5                          The emerging new nation

R.K. Narayan: Swami and Friends

G.V. Desani: All about H. Hatterr


6-8                          Women and the Nation

Attia Hossain: Sunlight on a Broken Column

Urvashi Butalia: The Other Side of Silence


9-12                       Reading India

Salman Rushdie: Midnight’s Children

Arundhati Roy (The God of Small Things)/Rohinton Mistry (A Fine Balance)

Kiran Nagarkar: Cuckold/ Ravan and Eddie


13-14                     A play by Manjula Padmanabhan


15                           Vishwajyoti Ghosh: Delhi Calm (a graphic novel)


16                           Poems: A.K. Ramanujan and Vikram Seth


Background Reading:

1)      R. Sethi, Myths of the Nation: National Identity and Literary Representation

2)      M. Mukherjee, The Perishable Empire: Essays in Indian Writing in English

3)      M. Paranjape, Another Canon: Indian Texts and Traditions in English


Coordinator: Sutanuka Ghosh

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