RELG 034. Partitions: Religions, Politics, and Gender in South Asia Through the Novel

The course will focus on a close reading of modern and contemporary South Asian novels and short stories structured around the theme of "partition(s)," not only the historical events of the partition of Bengal in 1905, India's Partition in 1947, or the Independence of "Ceylon" and the rise of Buddhist Nationalism and the "Sinhala only" movements, but the long shadows of these events right up to the present.  We will focus on many "figures of partition," personal, religious, and political, in Bengali, Malayalam, Tamil, Sinhala, Kannada, Urdu, and English prose literatures of India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.  Themes will range from from religion and politics, gender/power; sexuality, love, family; caste, class, ethnicity, and race, in Hindu, Parsee, Sikh, Muslim, Christian, and Buddhist settings.  Authors include Rabindranath Tagore, Khushwant Singh, Raja Rao, Bapsi Sidhwa, Rohinton Mistry, Anita Desai, Salman Rushdie, Lalitambika Antharjanam, Arundhati Roy, A. Sivanandan, Permal Murugan, and Michael Ondaatje.
1 credit.
Eligible for ASIA
Spring 2020. Hopkins.
Catalog chapter: Religion   
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