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Partition and the Making of South Asia

ENGL 0519.401
also offered as: SAST 0519
Thursday 12-2:59pm

This course will examine the ways in which imaginative literature and film have addressed the difficult socio-political issues leading up to, and following from, the independence and partition of British India. Pakistan and India came into being as nation-states in moments of great national trauma: historians have long argued over the process that led up to Partition, and we will study some of these debates, but for the most part we will examine novels, short stories, poetry, and some films to think about the impact of Partition and Independence on communities and individuals in South Asia. In doing so, we will recognize the continuing role of these events and experiences in shaping the cultural, social, and political realities of contemporary South Asia (including the creation of Bangladesh in 1972). We will also learn about the crucial role played by literary and creative texts in making available to us the full dimensions of human tragedy, especially those precipitated when the imperatives of nation-formation redefine the lives of individuals or of sub-national communities.

English Major Requirements
  • Sector 1 Theory and Poetics (AETP)
  • Sector 2 Difference and Diaspora (AEDD)
  • Sector 6 20th & 21st Centuries (AE20)
English Concentration Attributes
College Attributes
  • Foundational Approach: Cross Cultural Analysis (AUCC)
  • Sector IV: Humanities and Social Science (AUHS)