Spring 2024: Partition Literature and Film
This course surveys the powerful literature and film that addresses the 1947 Partition of South Asia into the nations of India and Pakistan. We will read a selection of short stories and a graphic novel, and watch a film and the recent television series Ms. Marvel, to ask: how do works of fiction address historical moments of trauma such as the Partition? How do partitions continue to affect life in South Asia? What are some of the modes (realistic, non-realistic) that have been used to represent Partition? This course is intended for undergraduate students interested in South Asian literatures and history; fictional representations of trauma; memory; and fictional modes such as realism, fantasy, and graphic narratives. Graduate students may be accommodated with permission of instructor (they will have additional secondary readings and a longer analytical final essay). Students with advanced proficiency in Hindi or Urdu have the option to complete readings in the original language.