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21F.041 Topics in South Asian Literature and Culture


21F.041 Topics in South Asian Literature and Culture

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This subject aims to provide an overview of contemporary texts in regional languages in South Asian Literature and Cinema. We will cover major authors and film makers, writing from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Within India, we will look at authors and directors working in different regional languages and as we examine their different socio-cultural, political and historical contexts we will attempt to understand what it means to study them under the all-unifying category of... More
Material Type: Online Course
Date Added to MERLOT: June 09, 2011
Date Modified in MERLOT: August 10, 2011
Submitter: Phil Moss


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Avatar for Shamika Ann Mitchell
2 years ago

Shamika Ann Mitchell (Faculty)

This is a well-developed course currciulum! I am impressed with the variety and diversity of authors and films. It will be an interesting addition to include one or two popular songs or music videos, especially since Bollywood has given the allure of a musical and enchanting South Asia. The course is divided into themes or topics, which will help focus the material around a central idea. The balance between the different cultures, genres and assignments is also very even. The pace seems fairly consistent.

I am surprised Arundhati Roy is not included, since her novel was highly praised. Then again, I am unsure if her novel was written in English, or whether translated texts are permissible. I also recommend the classic 1892 play Girls for Sale by Gurajada Apparao, which is available in English translation. For literary research and scholarship, Dr. Asha Choubey recently published Women on Women, which is a groundbreaking collection of scholarship about Indian women writers and their female protagonists.

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The photos were vivid. If possible, try to post a video link or two of authors and their lectures or interviews?

Time spent reviewing site: one hour
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