Anglophone Indian Literature

Ref: C3528597

With the publication of Salman Rushdie's "Midnight's Children" in 1981, a golden era of Anglophone Indian writing was inaugurated and prestigious global book prizes have since been won by several Indian writers including Arundhati Roy, Amit Chaudhuri, Anita Desai and Aravind Adiga. The course will explore the phenomenon of Anglophone writing in India, looking back to Forster's "A Passage to India", exploring poets such as Arun Kolatkar and Dom Moraes, the American Beats Ginsberg and Snyder, and assessing a sample of recent cutting-edge writing to emerge from contemporary India. We will also focus on the separate regional literary cultures in Bombay, Calcutta and Kerala and consider some of the political, social and religious issues which exist in this fascinating part of the world. Fasten your seatbelts for a spell-binding ride!

Course aim

The course will provide an introductory overview of writing on India since Partition in 1947, sampling fiction, poetry and non-fiction by Indian, British, European and North American writers.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Possess a general grasp of some of the important writers and their work to emerge from the Indian sub-continent over the last century.
  • Gain insights into the complex web of social, historical and religious threads which make up contemporary India.
  • Identify a particular interest in the material under study with a view to continued independent learning.
  • Gather confidence and enjoyment from discussing books and ideas with fellow WEA students on the course.
  • Structure weekly reading preparation tasks so as to be ready to contribute to each session.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress

What else do I need to know?

  • We shall start with Salman Rushdie's "Midnight's Children" so it would be helpful to equip yourself with a copy.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Anglophone Indian Literature


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