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South Asia Department

South Asian Literature in English

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Year 2
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Full Year
This course does not require a knowledge of a South Asian language. The course will include thematic and stylistic study, against a background of social and political change in 20th century South Asia, and will also consider the aesthetic merits of the texts studied. Some attention will be paid to issues in colonial and postcolonial literary theory.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

  • Learning the complexities of a region through its literature;
  • An understanding of South Asia's social, historical, local and global contexts;
  • Learning to read texts critically in order to analyse the distinctive literary strategies and devices deployed in these texts;
  • Demonstrate an ability to produce critical accounts of the literature.


Total of 22 weeks teaching with 2 hours classroom contact per week.

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination taken in May/June (80%); one piece of coursework to be submitted on the last day of term 1 (10%); one piece of coursework to be submitted on the last day of term 2 (10%).

Suggested reading

A reading list for this course will be given to students at the beginning of the course.