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Semester and Year Offered: Winter semester 2019
Course Coordinator and Team: Diamond Oberoi Vahali
Email of course coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pre-requisites:Basic interest in the complexity of human existence and an ability to analyze fiction.
Course Objectives/Description: This course looks at a few specific works of fiction that reflect the various facets of the human condition. While it examines the journeys of individuals who struggle to be human despite their own inner compulsions that pull them in contrary directions, it also traverses the journey of individuals as they confront their own marginalization and grapple with it, in their own specific way. The course thus observes these twin issues as it goes deep into the psychic and existential journeys of individuals as they face up to their own inner being and also realize the multifaceted realities of human existence.
The objective of the course is to familiarize the participants with a plethora of human complexities and their expression through a deep understanding of fictional narratives. It is also to sensitize us both to our own unwitting contribution in the creation of subjectivities that experience social and relational marginalities as it is to become a witness to our own inner world as we bear testimony to the complex hidden parts of fictional characters who are but a reflection of our own unknown, unacknowledged parts of self.
On the successful completion of the course:
Brief description of modules/ Main modules:
The course will broadly examine themes related to beauty and ugliness, ability and disability, the struggle between responsibility and freedom, truth and dishonesty, love and violation, humility and strength, crime and punishment, racism and marginality, ego and the complete annihilation of self, the quest for the spiritual, guilt, atonement and confession, the intense desire to love and the complete inability to love, desire and its complete negation.
Selections will be made from the following list. Only a few of the text, listed within each module will be taken up for detailed analysis and study. The rest of the text will be analyzed by students during their presentations and in the process of writing term papers.
Module I: Violence and Beauty
Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye
Mohan Rakesh, “Miss Paul”
Module II: Love and Violation
Fyodor Dostoevsky, “The Meek one”
Qadiryar, “Qissa Puran Bhagat”
Andre Gide, The Immoralist
Amrita Pritam, Pinjar
Module III: Ability and disability
Franz Kafka, “Metamorphosis”
Fyodor Dostoevsky, Notes from the Underground
Module IV: Atonement, confession and Reparation: The quest
Flaubert, “The Legend of St Julian the Hospitaller” (Three Tales)
Albert Camus, The Fall
Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment
Module V: Being and Becoming
Thomas Hardy, The Mayor of Casterbridge
J.M. Coetzee, Disgrace
Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner
Module VI: The Incomprehensible
Manto, “Thanda Gosh”
Camus, The Outsider
Rajinder Singh Bedi “Lajwanti”
Mahasweta Devi, “Bayen”
Tehmina Durrani, Blasphemy
Reading list: The readings are included in the modules.
Assessment Details with weights:
Tentative Assessment schedule with details of weightage:
Date/period in which Assessment will take place
Throughout the semester
Process paper/Reflection on the journal
Reading List: The list is included in the main modules