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Foundations: Nation, South Asia, Diaspora

GSAS 150
Fall 2024
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: ENGL 231
Course Cluster and Certificates: Caribbean Studies Minor

This course examines the relationships between the central narratives of South Asia and those of the global diaspora. What stories have been central to the idea of South Asian identity, experience of imperialism and colonialism, and nationhood? How have those stories been useful in navigating going to and living in global diasporic locations? Beginning with The Ramayana, our class will see its characters, plots, and messages adapted to diaspora, in such works as Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee, and Sita Sings the Blues. Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children and The Satanic Verses respond to fairy tales and even the Koran, as they circulate globally. India's much loved R.K. Narayan's The Guide serves to direct us to the worldwide phenomenon of Bollywood films, particularly those considering what it means to be South Asian in diaspora, such as Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge or Swadesh.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS GSAS
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (GSAS-MN)(GSAS)
Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above

Last Updated on JUL-20-2024
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