Course Title: 
Writing from the Margins
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Year Taught: 
Integrated Degree
School of Arts and Sciences

'Writing from the Margins' is a course offered in Tenth Semester of B. A. (Bachelor of Arts) English Language and Literature program at the School of Arts and Sciences, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Mysuru campus.

To introduce the students to the varieties of marginal writings; to expose the students to the lives and cultures of exclusion; to develop a critical sensibility to the centre and the periphery.

Unit 1

Introduction-writing from the margins-issues of exclusion-hierarchy-opposition-Movements-The politics of caste, class, gender, sexuality and race.

Unit 2

Prose [Non-Detailed]

Bama: Karukku.
Gopal Guru: “Dalit Women Talk Differently”. 
Thiong’o, Ngugiwa: “Decolonising the Mind.”

Unit 3

Poetry [Detailed]

Namdeo Dhasal: “Cruelty”. 
Judith Wright: “Naked Girl and Mirror”. 
Adrienne Rich: “Sleeping , turning on twin like planets Across a city from you I am with you”. 
Rm. Shanmugam Chettiar: “The Adivasis”. 
Hoshang Merchant: “Teacher’s Story”.

Unit 4

Fiction [Non-Detailed]

Narayan: "The Araya Woman: Kocharethi".
E M Forster: Maurice.

Unit 5

Drama [Detailed]

Badal Sircar: EvamIndrajit.

  1. Guru, Gopal. “Dalit Women Talk Differently.” Economic and Political Weekly Vol. 30.4142 (October 14-21, 1995): 2548-2550. Print.
  2. Thiong’o, Ngugiwa. “Decolonising the Mind.” Web.
  3. Dhasal, Namdeo. “Cruelty.” A Current of Blood. Trans. DilipChitre. New Delhi: Navayana, 2011. Print.
  4. Narayan: The Araya Woman: Kocharethi.Tr. Catherine Thankamma. Oxford: OUP,2011.
  5. Sircar, Badal. EvamIndrajit. Delhi: OUP, 1975.
  6. E M Forster: Maurice. Penguin, 2005.
  7. Online Sources.
  1. Tharu, Susie and K. Lalita, eds. Women Writing in India: 600 BC to the Present. 2 vols. 1991. Delhi: Oxford UP, 1993.
  2. Eagleton, Mary, ed. Feminist Literary Theory: A Reader. 1986. Oxford: Blackwell, 1999. Print.
  3. Irigaray, Luce. This Sex which is Not One. Trans. Catherine Porter and Carolyne Burke. New York: Cornell UP, 1985.
  4. Kristeva, Julia. Desire in Language: A Semiotic Approach to Literature and Art. 1969. Ed. Leon S. Roudiez. Trans. Thomas Gora and Alice A. Jardine. New York: Columbia UP, 1980.
  5. Moi, Toril. Sexual/Textual Politics: Feminist Literary Theory. 1985. New York: Routledge, 2002.
  6. Weeden, Chris, et al. Rewriting English: Cultural Politics of Gender and Class. London: Psychology P, 2003.
  7. Limbale, Sharankumar. “Towards a Dalit Aesthetics.” Towards an Aesthetic of Dalit Literature: History, Controversies and Considerations. Trans. Alok Mukherjee. New Delhi: Orient Longman, 2004. 103-21.
  8. Satyanarayana K., and Susie Tharu. Introduction. From Those Stubs, Steel Nibs are Sprouting: New Dalit Writing from South India: Dossier II: Kannada and Telugu. Ed. K. Satyanarayana and Susie Tharu. Noida: Harper Collins, 2013. Print.
  9. Ambedkar, B. R. The Essential Writings of B. R. Ambedkar. Ed. Valerian Rodrigues. New Delhi: Oxford UP, 2002. 263-305. Print.
  10. Basu, Tapan et al., eds. Listen to the Flames: Texts and Readings from the Margins. New Delhi: Oxford UP, 2016. Print.
  11. Uma, Alladi, K. Suneetha Rani, D MuraliManohar. Ed. English in the Dalit Context. Hyderabad: Orient Blackswan, 2014.
  12. Merchant, Hoshang. My Sunset Marriage: One Hundred and One Poems. New Delhi: Navayana, 2016.