Contemporary India Through Literary and Cultural Texts

Texts ranging from the years before and after Independence to the India of the 21st century.

This course looks at our contemporary’, a period of time from the years before Indian independence to the India of today. During this time, important questions influenced the very idea of Indian’ literature, and shifts in the literary canon took place, from experiments in Indian writing in English and modernist literature to new literatures born from identity struggles. Whole new set of genres were born from blogs, flash fiction to Twitter fiction. 

In this course, we look a how literature happens in a time and place, and how there are continuities and breaks in ideas and form depending on the contexts in which they originate. An important part of this course is to help you think about Indian literature from your location, growing familiar with its vast scope but also exploring the relationship between theme, form and context.