|Module Title||INDIA, COLONIAL WRITING, AND POSTCOLONIALISM|
|Co-ordinator||Dr Michael Franklin|
|Other staff||Mrs Carol Marshall|
|Course delivery||Seminar||20 Hours (10 x 2 hour seminar workshops)|
1. Introductory Session: Who is the Subaltern and can s/he speak?
We shall look at 'Draupadi', a short story by Mahasweta Devi, the Bengali novelist, in the translation of Gayatri Spivak. We shall examine the resonance of the west Bengali tribal voices which she has allowed to speak.
2-3. Passages to India
We shall consider two texts: E.M. Forster's A Passage to India (1924), and xeroxed extracts from a text written over a century earlier, The Original Letters of Eliza Fay, which Forster edited.
4-5. The Hindu Tradition
We shall look at extracts from the Bhagavadgita, ancient Tamil poetry, the courtly lyrics of Kalidasa, and the divine eroticism of Jayadeva's Gitagovinda.
6. Orientalism, Hybridity and the Pickle Factory
Said, Spivak, Bhabha, Mitter
7-8. Representing Independence
Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children (1981)
9. Mother India/Mata Ganga
We shall consider narratives of nation, family and gender in A. Desai's Clear Light of Day (1980)
10. The Birth of Bangladesh
R. Mistry's Such a Long Journey
Detailed bibliographies will be circulated to the class. Besides the texts listed above, students will find the following useful introductory reading:
B. Ashcroft et al (eds), The Postcolonial Reader (Routledge 1995)
Homi K Bhabha (ed), Nation and Narration (Routledge 1990)
Edward Said, Orientalism (Penguin 1991)
Gayatri Spivak, The Post-Colonial Critic (Routledge 1990)
Robert Young, White Mythologies: Writing History and the West (Routledge 1990)
There are also a growing number of excellent sites about India and Indian culture on the world wide web. Dramatic Hindu temple sculpture or delicate northern Indian paintings of scenes from Gitagovinda (with accompanying raga, if you have the technology) can be on your screen in seconds.