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Ruptures and Crossovers: Reading India through Postcolonial Theory in the 21st Century

Professor Nandi Bhatia
Winter Half Course.

This course will investigate major topics in postcolonial theory - such as Orientalism, subalternity, mimicry, exile, home, community, nation, and diaspora - and assess the scope and relevance of these topics for studying literary and cultural texts from and about India. Approached from gendered, national, and class perspectives, the readings will entail an examination of the diverse geographies of migration as well as the institutional and linguistic contexts that frame the texts. Such an approach will necessitate an exploration of the links between literary-cultural engagements and politics in order to address how the texts speak to the ruptures, crossovers and influences that have resulted from Britain’s longstanding engagement with India since the transfer of power from the East India Company rule to the British Crown in 1858 until independence-Partition in 1947.

View the syllabus here: English 9050B.

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