The Indian Partition in Fiction and Film (1923)

Three Thursdays: January 17, 24, 31, 10 a.m.- 12p.m.

$90.00 (10% off for members)

In August 1947, after almost two hundred years of British rule in India, the subcontinent was divided into two independent nations: India and Pakistan. The partition displaced over ten million people along religious lines and was accompanied by large-scale violence which, in turn, led to a severe refugee crisis in the newly created countries. In this course, we will consider the bloody legacy of the Indian Partition and the ways in which it has been represented in fiction and film. We will begin by reading one of the earliest fictional accounts of the Partition, Train to Pakistan, written by Khushwant Singh in the 1950s, followed by Bapsi Sidhwa’s Cracking India, written a few decades later in the 1990s. We will also watch Deepa Mehta’s Earth, a period drama film based upon Bapsi Sidhwa's novel.

January 17: Train to Pakistan, Khushwant Singh

January 24: Cracking India, Bapsi Sidhwa

January 31:  Earth, Deepa Mehta (film)

Three Thursdays: January 17, 24, 31, 10 a.m.- 12p.m.

Train to Pakistan, Khushwant Singh (9780802132215)

Cracking India, Bapsi Sidhwa (9781571310484)

Earth, Deepa Mehta (film)

Supriya Goswami has taught courses in children’s literature, Anglophone world literature, and nineteenth-century British literature and Empire at California State University, Sacramento (2002-2007), and, more recently, at George Washington University and Georgetown University. She is the author of Colonial India in Children’s Literature (Routledge, 2012), which is the first book-length study to explore the intersections of British, Anglo-Indian, and Bengali children’s literature and defining historical moments in colonial India. She is currently working on her second book, Colonial Wars in Children’s Literature. She has also published in such scholarly journals as the Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, South Asian Review, and Wasafiri.

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Train to Pakistan Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802132215
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Published: Grove Press - February 11th, 1994

Cracking India Cover Image
ISBN: 9781571310484
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Published: Milkweed Editions - January 23rd, 2006