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Undergraduate Course: Indian Literature in English (ENLI10242)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaEnglish Literature Other subject areaNone
Course website Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course will explore a variety of Indian literature in English, ranging from the late nineteenth-century to the present day. We will begin the course by considering the writing of the British Raj, focusing on a selection of poetry and prose pieces written by British colonial officials, followed by Rudyard Kipling's Plain Tales from the Hills (1888), a short story collection written out of his experiences as a journalist in India. We will also discuss Ruth Prawer Jhabvala's Heat and Dust (1975), which details the experiences of two British women, one living in India in the 1920s, and one travelling to post-independence India in the 1970s. (The Merchant/Ivory 1983 film version of Heat and Dust will also be viewed and discussed at this point.) For the remainder of the course we will look at a variety of pre- and post-independence texts by native Indian writers, beginning with Mulk Raj Anand's Untouchable (1935) and concluding with a range of Indian poetry and prose published since 2000.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: ( English Literature 1 (ENLI08001) OR Scottish Literature 1 (ENLI08016)) AND ( English Literature 2 (ENLI08003) OR Scottish Literature 2 (ENLI08004) OR American Literature 2 (ENLI08006))
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Essential course texts.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesA MINIMUM of three college/university level literature courses at grade B or above (should include no more than one introductory level literature course). Related courses such as civilisation or creative writing are not considered for admissions to this course. Applicants should also note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission. In making admissions decisions preference will be given to students who achieve above the minimum requirement with the typical visiting student admitted to this course having three to four literature classes at grade A.

** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Section directly for admission to this course **
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
The broadly chronological arrangement of course texts will allow students to evaluate course material with specific reference to cultural and political developments in India's colonial and post-colonial history. Further, in order to provide a theoretical foundation for the study of course texts, we will examine some key aspects of postcolonial theory, including the work of Indian theorists such as Gayatri Spivak and Homi Bhabha. By the end of the course, students will be able to evaluate course texts both in terms of their place within the cultural and political history of the Indian subcontinent, and also within a wider global context.
Assessment Information
One essay of 2,500 words (25%)

One examination essay of 3,000 words (75%)
Special Arrangements
Students require the approval of EITHER the Visiting Undergraduate Admissions Office OR the head of English Literature before enrolling.
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Course organiserDr Rajorshi Chakraborti
Tel: (0131 6)50 4535
Course secretaryMrs Anne Mason
Tel: (0131 6)50 3618
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