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Semester and Year Offered: 3rd Semester (Monsoon Semester 2019)
Course Coordinator and Team: Diamond Oberoi Vahali
Email of course coordinator: diamond[at]aud[dot]ac[dot]in
Course Objectives/Description: Aim: The course aims to establish a connection between literary writers and the political. It will demonstrate the intervention of literary writers in the socio-political processes that form the discourses of power and subjugation, be these in the arena of gender, class, caste, national liberation movements, war, religion, indigenous cultures or then race. The course will focus on political speeches and writings by literary writers and not on literary texts.
The objective of this course is to covertly state that literature as a discipline does not exist in a social vacuum, just as literary writers are not just writers who weave merely fictitious narratives but are people with deep concerns about issues governing their own contemporary times. Literary writers not only reflect these concerns in their literature but many a time they overtly take positions as well and openly challenge the system that operates on the principle of discrimination.
As students opting for this course, will be encouraged to explore the background and the context within which a speech is delivered or a writing written they will be exposed to various social and political contexts. This course will help the students broaden their perspective regarding literature and its social value.
Moreover on the successful completion of this course students will be able to:
Brief description of modules/ Main modules:
Module 1: Literature and the Political
This module will serve as an introductory module, it will introduce the students to the connection between literature and the political through three speeches that clearly state that the aim of literature is to intervene and alter the oppressive social systems. This module will also discuss the tools required for students to analyse political writings and speeches and will also define the notion of the political.
Module 2: Gender and Patriarchy
This module will focus on three writings by women writers that critically analyse patriarchy as a system that marginalizes women.
Module 3: Race and Decolonisation
This module will focus on the intervention of writers within the colonial discourse and the need to decolonize language and culture in order to attain emancipation. It will focus on the experience of racial discrimination, marginalization, and the colonial policies that perpetuate impoverishment of the subjugated people and the broader disillusionment of writers with this crisis in civilization.
Module 4: Critiquing Caste
This module will focus on writers critiquing caste discrimination in India and the need for them to join political movements as activists in order to abolish caste and gender oppression.
Module 5: Class and Capitalism
This module will focus on writers critiquing class hierarchy, bonded labour, capitalism and globalization, it will also focus on the way in which capitalism is leading to a complete devastation of environment and of indigenous societies and ways of being.
Assessment Details with weights:
Assessment structure (modes and frequency of assessments):
Period in which the assessment will take place
Throughout the semester
Assignment related to the texts in the course.
Class Presentation/Group presentation on a contemporary political/historical context preferably after engaging with a community effected by a critical political crisis
As per AUD academic calendar