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HSS 302: Literature of the Indian Diaspora (3)

Learning Objectives:

This course will examine the work of some recent authors of the Indian diaspora in Britain and North America to uncover the changing historical, political, socioeconomic, and cultural contexts of migration from the Indian subcontinent, from the nineteenth century to the present day. The course aims to study, in relation to some contemporary Indian diasporic writing, the postcolonial thematics of diaspora literature, the relation between geography and form, between location and representation, and how these various factors determine the writing and reception of literature. After doing this course, students will have an understanding of issues of diaspora, location, history and geography in literature, and an awareness of the relationship between literary texts and their historical, political and cultural contexts. They will also gain an insight into the complex, traumatic and fragmented history of South Asia, which led to territorial, national and cultural reformulations, which in turn shaped modern South Asian cultural imaginaries of home, identity and belonging.

Course Contents:

In this course, we will study the fiction of some recent and contemporary Indian diasporic writers like Salman Rushdie, Rohington Mistry, Amitav Ghosh, Jhumpa Lahiri and Kiran Desai. The following issues and concerns will be examined in relation to their fiction:

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