South Asian Literature: Beyond Postcolonialism

Pointe-Claire | Literature

Course Description

Please note: This course will take place on Zoom. Readings will be available online or by in-person retrieval.

If you are not part of the Pointe-Claire group or you are only available on Tuesdays, register at this page.

A rich literature has been created by writers from the Indian subcontinent, many now living in the English-speaking world, who explore the South Asian experience while challenging the notion that South Asian literature can only be a product of postcolonialism. Examining the novels of Amitav Ghosh, Manil Suri, and Arundhati Roy, we will question how these writers conceptualize and represent their changing worlds. What do their ideas regarding identity and gender, family and community, race and class, and history and space contribute to the discussion of these themes in contemporary literature more globally?

We will discuss some of the key issues and current debates within postcolonial literary studies, probing the various—and often contested—meanings of "postcolonial.” We will also consider the impact that colonization has had upon the production of South Asian literature and explore how decolonization has liberated some voices—and perhaps suppressed others?

Books to Purchase

    • The Shadow Lines by Amitav Ghosh
    • The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
    • The Death of Vishnu by Manil Suri

Please note that this course has a maximum enrollment of 14 students.

Priority is given to students who pay upon registration.

For fully registered courses, a waiting list will be created. Should vacancies develop, those on the waiting list will be contacted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Course Details

First Session: Monday 21 September 2020

Course Length: 12 weeks, Mondays, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Discussion Team: Jackie Harvey, Jennifer MacGregor, Irene Menear

Degree Credit: Yes

Course Fee:

$150.00 (standard tuition)
$100.00 (promotion for new students)

Administrative Fee:



$185.00 (standard tuition)
$135.00 (promotion for new students)

Course fees are refundable in full before the second session. After the second session, a fee of $50 for the withdrawal will be applied. Refunds will not be issued after the third session. Please note that non-attendance does not constitute a withdrawal.

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