Introduction to Contemporary Tamil Literature

Category: South Asian
Course #: SASIAN 131 [CNN #34175]
Units: 4
Times and Locations:

TTh 9:30-11am,

This course aims to introduce modern literatures in the Tamil language written in India, Sri Lanka, Singapore and Malaysia and other Tamil diasporic spaces. During the course, students will encounter a wide variety of literary aesthetic practices that shape contemporary Tamil literary histories and their interactions with the larger national literary discourses that shape South and South East Asia. Through critical reading and analysis from mid-19th century to the present historical moment, students will discover how literature is closely linked to the creation and evolution of global Tamil history, culture and identity. There are no prerequisites in terms of a working knowledge of the Tamil language. All texts are in English translation.