Course code:



IM - Introductory/Intermediate

Class size limit:


Meets the following requirements:

  • HS - Human Studies
  • W - Writing

Typically offered:

Every other year

How many times have you mused about the idea of borders? What do the lines that divide us mean, and how are we to make sense of them? Literature has always been a place where questions like these have been thought aloud. Whether the borders are geographical or metaphorical, whether they keep people out or fence people in, borders are liminal spaces that raise questions about politics, oppression, belongingness, and identity, which makes them an important subject for our interrogation. Since these literatures are born of political events, our first concern will be to understand the history of the events themselves. We will achieve that by reading excerpts from the works of Gyanendra Pandey, Stanley Waterman, Joe Cleary, and others in juxtaposition with literature. In addition, the literary works by Saadat Hasan Manto, Seamus Deane, Gloria Anzaldúa, and the like will help put the bigger picture in perspective bringing in various thematic concerns like religion, violence, language, and gender together. This class will thus explore two types of borders: one that course texts evoke, helping you critically engage with the theme. The other kind exists between various genres you will encounter like short stories, novels, literary theory, official reports, and movies. The latter, coupled with your writing assignments that we will workshop throughout the term—personal narrative, online article, movie review, multimodal project, and others—will facilitate and deepen your understanding not only of literature from the borders but also writing as a process—prewriting, writing, and rewriting. This course meets the writing requirement.


Some knowledge about world history and experience in writing about literature would help.

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