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Swayam Central

Modern Indian Writing in Translation

By Prof. A. Divya   |   IIT Madras
It is often argued that the best Indian literature is to be found in the various Indian languages. This course offers a choice selection of significant modern Indian literary works, produced in regional languages, from writers ranging from Tagore to Salma in English translation. These landmark works offer literary snapshots of modern Indian histories, folklore, societal structures such as class and gender, and the aspirations and struggles of men and women who have lived and live through diverse Indian spaces across the length and breadth of the country. The course offers in miniature a “salad bowl” (Ashis Nandy) of Indian literary works in translation that illustrate the complexities of Indian identities, and encourages students to probe concepts such as modernism, regionalism, the contemporary, and representations of history, class, and gender in modern Indian writing in translation.
Objectives of the Course:
• To introduce the student to the polyphony of modern Indian writing in translation.
• To understand the multifaceted nature of cultural identities in the various Indian literatures through indigenous literary traditions.
• To compare literary texts produced across Indian regional landscapes to seek similarities and differences in thematic and cultural perspectives.
• To explore images in literary productions that express the writers sense of their society.
• Wherever possible a comparative study of the original and the translated texts to see the process of negotiation that constructs, and is constructed in, the English language translation.
• To encourage the students to explore texts outside of the suggested reading lists to realize the immense treasure trove of translated Indian literary works.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : Engineering students 
PRE- REQUISITES : Nil 
SUPPORT INDUSTRY : English Department

Learners enrolled: 208

SUMMARY

Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 27 Jan 2020
End Date : 17 Apr 2020
Exam Date : 25 Apr 2020
Enrollment Ends : 03 Feb 2020
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
    This is an AICTE approved FDP course

    COURSE LAYOUT

    Week 1 : Introduction, Rabindranath Tagore, “The Hunger of Stones” [Bengali] 
    Week 2 : Vaikom Muhammad Basheer, “The Blue Light” [Malayalam]
    Week 3 : Anna Bhau Sathe, “Gold from the Grave” [Marathi]
    Week 4 : Manto, “Toba Tek Singh” [Urdu]
    Week 5 : Gulzar, “Crossing the Ravi” [Hindi]
    Week 6 : Amirta Pritam, “Stench of Kerosene” [Punjabi]
    Week 7 : Perumal Murugan, “The Man Who Could Not Sleep” [Tamil]
    Week 8 : Girish Karnad, Nagamandala [Kannada]
    Week 9 : Girish Karnad, Nagamandala 
    Week 10: Sundara Ramaswamy, Tamarind History [Tamil]
    Week 11: Sundara Ramaswamy, Tamarind History 
    Week 12: Indian Poetry in Translation

    BOOKS AND REFERENCES

    Modern Indian Writing in Translation, Edited by Dhananjay Kapse, 2016
    Short Fiction from South India, Edited by Subashree Krishnaswamy and K. Srilata, 2007
    A Clutch of Indian Masterpieces, Edited by David Davidar, 2016.
    Changing the Terms: Translating in the Postcolonial Era, Edited by Sherry Simon and Paul St. Pierre, 2000
    100 Great Indian Poems by Abhay K. Bloomsbury, 2019

    INSTRUCTOR BIO

    Prof. A. Divya

    IIT Madras
    Divya A is an Assistant Professor in English Literature in the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India. Divyas research interests primarily revolve around explorations in the fields of gender, domesticity, spatiality, urbanism, and the interplay between the visual and the literary arts. After obtaining her Master of Studies degree in Early Modern English Literature from the University of Oxford, Divya completed her PhD in Nineteenth- Century English Fiction at Nanyang Technological University. She has published on Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, Wilkie Collins, and the Pre-Raphaelites. Her current research project traces and maps the British colonial visual culture of Nineteenth-Century India.

    COURSE CERTIFICATE

    • The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
    • The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
    Date and Time of Exams: 25th April 2020, Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
    • Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
    • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
    • Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.

    CRITERIA TO GET A CERTIFICATE:
    • Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course. 
    • Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100
    • Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

    YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. 
    • If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.
    • Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.
    • Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

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