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Course Name Writing from the Margins
Course Code 18ELL613
Program 5 Year Integrated B.A. – M.A. (English Language & Literature)
Semester X
Year Taught 2019
Degree Integrated Degree
School School of Arts and Sciences
Campus Kochi


Course Outline

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.


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.

Core Reading

  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.

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