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Course Coordinator and Team: Bodh Prakash
Email of course coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Aim: This course will familiarize students with the political and cultural context in which Dalit literature as a distinct domain of knowledge production emerged in modern India. Dalit literature serves as a platform for Dalit articulation in addressing political concerns and achieving Dalit emancipatory goals. Students would be introduced to different forms of Dalit literature such as novels, poems, short stories, essays, plays, and autobiographies to examine how the varied forms of Dalit cultural expressions contribute to the project of Dalit emancipation. Dalit literature challenges the mainstream literary conventions and lays emphasis on the social relevance and politics of art and literature. Students will also be introduced to some of the important debates in Dalit literary criticism.
Brief description of modules/ Main modules: The course will be transacted through the following modules.
Module I: Emergence of Dalit consciousness, politics and literary expression: Historical overview
Module II: Dalit aesthetics: Select chapters from the following texts will be taken up in this module:
Government Bhrahmana by Arvind Malagatti
Sharankumar Limbale: Towards an Aesthetics of Dalit Literature
Satyanarayana, K and Susie Tharu Ed. The Exercise of Freedom. New Delhi: Navayana, 2013.
“Introduction: Dalit Literature Past, Present and Future.” Arjun Dangle Ed. Poisoned Bread
Module III: Gender and Caste: Selections from some of the following texts will be taken up for discussion in class
“Periyar, Women and Ethic of Citizenship” by V Geetha
“Conceptualizing Brahmanical Patriarchy in Early India: Gender, Caste, Class and State” by Umma Chakravarthy.
Caste and gender: Understanding dynamics of power and violence” by Kannabiran, Vasanth and Kalpana Kannabiran.
Module IV: Literary expressions: (At least one memoir/ autobiography, one novel, the play and the film So will be taken up in class)
Novels/ Memoirs/ Autobiography
Sharan Kumar Limbale: The Outcaste: Akkarmashi
Perumal Murugan: Seasons of the Palm
Urmila Pawar: The Weave of My Life
Omprakash Valmiki: Joothan: A Dalit Life Story.
Rohinton Mistry: A Fine Balance
U R Anantamurthy: Samskara
Film: The Bandit Queen
The following texts (apart from other primary texts in the reading list) may be taken up by students in their presentations:
Film: Pariyerum Perumal
Poetry: Namdeo Dasal, Sukirtharani, Dr Bhaga Manga MS and Dr Mhera Mohan FRCS by Neerav Patel, A Dalit woman in the land of Goddesses
Case Study of Breast Tax in Kerala
Assessment Details with weights:
|S.No.||Assessment||Date/period in which Assessment will take place||Weightage|
|1||Class Assignment||Last Week of January/ First Week of February||20%|
|2||Mid Semester Exam||As per AUD Calendar||25%|
|3||Presentation||Last Week of March||25%|
|4||Term Paper||Third Week of April||30%|
The pattern of assessment is subject to revision depending on the composition and size of the class.