Diasporic South Asian Writing and American Studies|
Spring 2015 not offered
The South Asian diaspora spans the world; communities are located in Africa, the Middle East, England, North and South America, the Caribbean, as well as Southeast Asia. Using novels, poems, short stories, and film, this course will focus upon the question of identity. Can such a widespread population, diverse in class, cultural practices, and local histories, claim a singular identity? What does it mean to be Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan, in these conditions? When is South Asian identity claimed and for what purposes? How is such an identity constructed, and what roles do race, ethnicity, gender, religion, or nationality play in it? The literary readings will be supplemented with historical and sociological materials.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(ENGL)(ENGL-Literature)(FGSS)(GSAS-MN)(GSAS)(SAST-MN)
Selected works by various authors, among them Hanif Kureishi, Salman Rushdie, Agha Shahid Ali, Agnes Sam, Bharati Mukherjee, and others.
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Midterm, final, two essays
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