Course Content and Outcome Guide for ENG 207
- Course Number:
- ENG 207
- Course Title:
- World Literature-Asian (India)
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Course DescriptionIntroduces students to Indian literature in English (for the most part, translated) from ancient to contemporary. May include such works and authors as hymns from the Rig Veda, The Ramayana, classical poetry, and the twentieth century authors Narayan, Ved Mehta and Arundhati Roy. Prerequisite: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.
Addendum to Course Description
Intended Outcomes for the course
- Identify and discuss the ways Indian texts speak about and are influenced by history, language, caste, economics, religion, gender, regional differences, sexuality and culture.
- Analyze literary texts and recognize the limitations of such analysis, especially due to the challenges reading non-western texts in a predominantly western academic setting.
- Discuss multiple approaches to Indian texts, including those that illuminate how South Asians debate and understand their own literary and cinematic traditions.
- Apply the challenges and wisdom gained in reading South Asian texts to other intercultural encounters in academics, business, politics, and community.
- Write clear, focused, coherent essays about literature for an academic audience, using standard English conventions of grammar and style.
Course Activities and Design
Outcome Assessment Strategies
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
- literary genres
- literary conventions and allusions (for example, non-dualism, imminence, doubling, bhakti, court, and epic poetry)
- literary vocabulary (example: dharma, puranas, Vedas, caste, tapas, kama)
- analysis and synthesis
- critical reading and thinking
- essay and response writing
- close reading and explication
- religious and cultural influences, including mythology
- regional, communal, linguistic and nation-state tensions and struggles
- literary themes
- global diaspora and post-colonial issues
Competencies and Skills
- understanding literary texts through contexts such as society, politics, artistic conventions, multiple interpretations of an author, etc.
- writing about literature
- close readings
- critical reading employing reviews and critical essays
- comparison and contrast of Indian literary history with other western and non-western traditions
- speaking and listening reflectively
- small-group collaboration
- Some instructors use no published text, but rely on handouts, taking due note of applicable copyright laws.
- Some instructors may use general textbooks:
- Some instructors may use books that focus on a specific genre, region, time period or even on a particular work: