This course shall focus on one Indian writer and study her/him with reference to:
the corpus of work and its trajectory;
the historical context in which the work is rooted;
the target reader for whom the work is intended; and
the related issue of the politics of representation
The choice of writer need not be restricted either to genre or period.
Besides the above rubric, factors such as the position of the work with respect to Western literary tradition and its assimilation (if any) of indigenous literary/cultural forms will also be included in the study.
Edward Said, Orientalism. Vintage, New York, 1978.
Homi Bhabha, Ed., Nation and Narration, Routledge, London, 1990.
Ranajit Guha and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Eds., Selected Subaltern Studies, Oxford University Press, Delhi, 1988.
Timothy Brennan, Salman Rushdie and the Third World: Myths of the Nation, St. Martin`s Press, New York, 1989.