ASIAN 206: Literature And Culture Of South Asia From Tradition To Modernity

Modern Literature of South Asia
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M W F 12:30-13:20
DEM 104
Introduction to medieval and modern South Asian literature in its cultural context. Texts in English translation.

This course introduces the modern literature of South Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh) from the fifteenth century to the present. We will read a selection of short stories, novels, and poetry drawn from the diverse literary traditions of the region. Major readings include The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri, Umrao Jan Ada, a novel about a 19th-century courtesan, stories by Sadat Hasan Manto and Premchand, and bhakti and ghazal poetry. No prior knowledge is assumed, and all works will be read in English translation.



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