English 90ni. The Novel in India

Instructor: Tara Menon
Monday, 12:45-2:45pm | Location: TBA
Enrollment: Limited to 15 students

This course examines a range of realist novels set in India. We will read novels set during British colonial rule by British writers (Kipling, Forster, Orwell); early examples of anglophone novels by Indian writers (Mulk Raj Anand, R.K. Narayan); novels in English by writers who came to global attention after winning the Booker Prize (Salman Rushdie, Arundhati Roy, Aravind Adiga); and works in translation by contemporary novelists who write in Tamil, Kannada, and Malayalam (Perumal Murugan, Vivek Shanbhag, K.R. Meera). As we read, we will consider issues of identity, religion, caste, gender, politics, the nation, the family. We will also pay careful attention to style and literary form as well as audience, publication context, and reception.