Religion and the Novel in Modern India
Indian writing in English, especially the novel, provides a unique understanding of religion in the world's largest democracy. The novel has come of age in India, seen seen innovations and has influenced world literature. Indian and Indian-origin novelists have been Booker and Pulitzer winners, Commonwealth awardees, and Sahitya Akademi laureates. This course will examine how the Indian novel in English understands and mediates tradition and modernity, selfhood and society in a deeply diverse culture. Includes novels written during the twilight of British colonial rule, the Partition, and contemporary decades of rapid globalization and diasporic change.