Growing up Funny-Nation and Identity in South Asian Writing
Some of the most exciting fiction in the English language has come out of South Asia. In this course, we will read novels, short stories and plays--some well known and others less so, some now considered classics and others very recent, produced from within the Indian subcontinent as well as from the West. Through them, we will discuss key features of the political and social upheavals of region, as well as the dynamics of the family, gender relations, sexual identities and cultural belonging. The course will include writings by Rudyard Kipling, E M Forster, Salman Rushdie, Bapsi Sidhwa, Amitav Ghosh, Mahasweta Devi, Hanif Kureishi, Anjana Appachana, Arundhati Roy, Meera Sayal, and Shyam Selvadurai.