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Study Materials


This section contains the readings and films covered in the course.

Readings by Session

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1Introduction: Why South Asia?Film: Nishant (Night's End) by Shyam Benegal (Hindi, India).
I. Diversity and Difference: Stories from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka
2Stories from Bangladesh, Nepal and PakistanReadings: Spent by Selina Hossain (Bangladesh), The Festival by Akhtaruzzaman Elias (Bangladesh), Hands by Sharad Chhetri (Nepal), Cracks in the Heart by Farkhana Lodhi (Pakistan), and The Bird by Amar Jalil (Pakistan).
3Stories from Sri LankaReadings: Desert Nymph by Arupa Patangia Kalita (Assam), Mehndi Bazaar by Dalbir Chetan (Punjab), Bhuvna and Planet Guru by R Chudamani (Tamil), The Wild Buffalo (Sinhala) by Piyaseeli Wijemanne, and The Homecoming by M. A. Al Asumath (Tamil, Sri Lanka).
II. Politics and History: A Tale of Turmoil
4Stories from PakistanSelections from Black Margins by Saadat Hasan Manto (Pakistan).
5Stories from IndiaFilm: The Terrorist by Santosh Sivan (India).

Selection from The Age of Kali by William Dalrymple: "On the Indian Ocean".
6Stories from Sri Lanka (cont.)Reading: In the Garden Secretly by Jean Arasanayagam (Sri Lanka).
7Stories from India (cont.)Film: Mr. and Mrs. Iyer by Aparna Sen (English, India).

Reading: "Is Secularism Dead?" by Asghar All Engineer.
III. Gender and Society: Margins and Center
8Stories from Bengali and IndiaFilm: Dui Kanya (Two Daughters) by Satyajit Ray (Bengali, India).

Reading: Selected Short Stories from The Matchbox by Ashapurna Devi (Bengali, India).
9Stories from India (cont.)Reading: Selected Stories from Balika Badhu (The Child-Wife), an anthology of Bengali Short stories (India).
10Stories from BangladeshAmarMeyebela (My Girlhood) by Tasleema Nasreen (Bangladesh).
11Stories from Bengali and India (cont.)Film: Mandi (The Market) by Shyam Benegal (Hindi, India).

Readings: Selections from the work of Nabaneeta Dev Sen (Bengal, India).
IV. Transition and Social Change: Past, Present and Future
12Stories from Bengali and India (cont.)Film: Shatranj Ke Khilari (The Chess Players) by Satyajit Ray (Bengali, India).

Readings: Brief selections from Picador Book of Modern Indian Literature (emphasis on Gujarati, Marathi, Oriya, Sindhi and Telugu writing).
13Stories from India and PakistanFilm: Mukhamukham (Face to Face) by Adoor Gopalakrishnan (Malalayam, India).

Readings: Selections from Mottled Dawn by Saadat Hasan Manto (Pakistan).
14Stories from Bengali and India (cont.)Film: Utsab (The Festival) by Rituporno Ghosh (Bengali, India).

Readings: Brief selections from Penguin Book of Indian Literature (emphasis on Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil and Urdu writing).


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