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A Passage to India: Introduction to Modern Indian Culture and Society


Provider
MIT OpenCourseware

Price
Free

School
MIT

Type
University

Instructor
Prof. Sunil H. Sharma

Category
Humanities

Format
Mixed

Language
English

Description
This course is an introduction to modern Indian culture and society through films, documentaries, short stories, novels, poems, and journalistic writing. The principal focus is on the study of major cultural developments and social debates in the last sixty five years of history through the reading of literature and viewing of film clips. The focus will be on the transformations of gender and class issues, representation of nationhood, the idea of regional identities and the place of the city in individual and communal lives. The cultural and historical background will be provided in class lectures. The idea is to explore the "other Indias" that lurk behind our constructed notion of a homogeneous national culture.