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India: Identity, Globalization, and Empire

ENGL 254
Spring 2024
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: GSAS 254
Course Cluster and Certificates: Sustainability and Environmental Justice

In this course, we will read literature and watch films that shed light on how various socio-economic and political trends have impacted India and its inhabitants during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. We will begin our study in the early 2000s, when the country made international headlines for being a "globalization" success story and a new global superpower, and then move backwards in time to the post-colonial and colonial eras. We will discuss various questions: What exactly is globalization, and is it something new and inevitable? How is it related to empire, and how do entities like globalization and empire impact the evolution of both individuals and communities? We will watch Bollywood and Hollywood films and closely examine the literature of Partition. We will discuss the undying presence of communal violence in modern India, and the rise of the Hindu Right. We will read English-language texts, and also texts translated from Urdu, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, and Bengali.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL)(ENGL-Literature)(GSAS-MN)(GSAS)(MUST-MN)
Past Enrollment Probability: 75% - 89%

Last Updated on MAY-27-2024
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