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Semester and Year Offered: Winter Semester 2020
Course Coordinator and Team: Shad Naved
Email of course coordinator: shad[at]aud[dot]ac[dot]in
Aim: This course tries to imagine what a ‘native library of India and Arabia’, dismissed by Lord Macaulay in 1835, might contain. It is a modest attempt to acquaint students of English and other disciplines with key texts from the premodern Arabo-Persian and Hindi-Urdu literary corpuses. The course will also train students in the protocols of comparative literature, specifically around the following questions: How do we understand more than one literature as part of our cultural past? How do poetry and tales remain fresh by using the same old themes?
1. Introduction to Al-Hind Some examples of pre-modern India or “al-Hind” as seen in key prose narratives and poems.
2. Tales and Fables The tale is a popular form of prose narrative through which others reflect on India and India reflects on itself.
3. Poems in Two Lines Love poetry is purely subjective and not interested in the world outside. Specimens from the ghazal and Hindi doha tradition will be studied here to rethink this view.
4. India before India We will study some critical essays by scholars thinking about how the imagination of an Indian culture emerged through literatures of the past.
Assessment Details with weights:
Module 1. Introduction to Al-Hind
Module 2. Tales and Fables
Module 3. Poems in Two Lines
Module 4. India before India