Religion and the Novel in Modern India
The novel has not only come of age in modern India but has also innovated on the form, indigenized it, and influenced world literature. Course examines how the Indian novel explores lived religious experience in all its staggering diversity. Taking novels written in English and translated from Indian languages, literary theory and film, course asks: How are human experiences, memories, and imagination of “the sacred” evoked in novels written during the twilight of British colonial rule in South Asia, the Partition and independence and the ongoing globalizing postcolonial era? Writers include Bankim Chandra, Tagore, Premchand, Raja Rao, Anantamurthy, R.K. Narayan, S. Rushdie. One course.