Contemporary South Asian Literature


Course Description

This course will provide a critical introduction to the postcolonial literature that has been produced by immensely talented writers shaped by South Asian culture. These writers are the scions of illustrious literary traditions, which continue to be expressed in many different languages, but which have emerged upon the world scene through reliance upon the English language. How are these writers conceptualizing and representing their changing worlds? What are their ideas regarding identity and gender; family and community; race and class; history and space? How do they incorporate these ideas into their literary works? We will need to probe the various—and often contested—meanings given to “postcolonial.” How does that term relate to ones such as “colonial” and “anti-colonial?” We will familiarize course participants with some of the key issues and current debates within postcolonial literary studies. What impact has colonization had upon the production of South Asian literature and how has decolonization liberated some voices—and perhaps suppressed others? What are the politics involved in the hegemony of English in the majority world?

Please note, that all courses have a maximum enrollment of 18 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.

Please note that we do not allow participants to audit courses for free.

Course Details

First Session: Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

Course Length: 12 weeks, Tuesdays, 1:30 - 3:30 PM

Discussion Team: Munirah Amra, Shernaz Choksi, Brian McDonough

Course Fees: 

$150.00 (tuition fee)

$100.00 (promotion for new students)

Administrative Fee:



$185.00 (tuition fee)

$135.00 (promotion for new students)


Please note, degree students must schedule an appointment with the Admissions and Accreditation Committee to register for courses for this term. Degree students should not register online.

The 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.


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