Courses of Study 2013-2014 
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Courses of Study 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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HIST 4920 - [India: Nation and Nationalism]

(also ASIAN 4497 )(GB) (HA-AS)
Spring. 4 credits.

Next offered 2015-2016. Co-meets with HIST 6921 .

D. Ghosh.

This course emerges from the history and literature of India in the twentieth century. Taught by two scholars, one based in the history department and one based in comparative literature, the readings and the films critically analyze some of the major cultural currents and political events of India by reading novels, political manifestoes, and viewing documentaries, films, visual images and architectural sites. This seminar begins with the premises of nationalism, how it is constructed, disseminated, challenged, and reassembled in the service of creating the idea of “India.” It then turns to partition, the traumatic division of the Indian nation in 1947, and how this critical event has been represented in fiction, film, and history. The latter half of the course challenges ideas of Indian nationalism by using studies of space and the production of epics and history to imagine how Indian communities might be constituted in the extended postcolonial moment we are in.

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