Diasporic South Asian Writing and American Studies|
Fall 2016 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, as well as scholarship on history, this course will focus upon the literary and cultural production of the South Asian diaspora in the United States. We will examine the conditions of historical arrival and identity-making under shifting regimes of politics, economics, and culture. What does being in the U.S. mean for the claiming of "Indian" and "American" identities, and how is this inflected by relationships with other ethnic or racial communities? The relationship with an often romanticized "India" is a central question, expressed through the concepts of diaspora, exile, and transnationalism. Consequently, what are the conditions of "authenticity," and of cultural authority? What aesthetic forms, questions, and issues express or preoccupy the artists of the South Asian American community?
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CBST-MN)(ENGL)(ENGL-Literature)(FGSS)(SAST-MN)
Selected works by various authors, among them Jhumpa Lahiri, Bharati Mukherjee, Agha Shahid Ali, Shani Mootoo, and M.G. Vassanji. Please check the books ordered for this class at Broad Street Books. If there is a discrepancy between what is listed here and what is available at Broad Street Books, the bookstore will have the correct book list.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Midterm, final, two essays
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course counts toward the Hemispheric/Transnational requirement for American Studies majors.
This course contributes to the fulfillment of the Race & Ethnicity concentration for English majors.
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