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Hindi Literature


Admission requirements

The course is open to students who hold a BA and have passed the BA courses Hindi 1-6 or equivalent.


This course introduces students to modern Hindi literary texts using a thematic approach. The course will cover literary texts on major themes in contemporary Hindi literature namely ‘women’s discourse’, ‘subaltern discourse’, ‘mobility narratives’, ‘old age in literature’, and others. These themes cover wider socio-cultural and political contexts of post-independence modern India. Class discussion will mainly focus on textual, narratological, discourse and stylistic analysis of selected texts but will also extend to their analysis using secondary and theoretical readings. The teaching material consists of selected texts in Hindi (stories or chapters from novels) together with chosen secondary and theoretical readings.

Course objectives

By the end of the course:

  • Students will be familiar with major themes in Hindi literature in post-independence India.

  • Students will have close acquaintance with some of the most important authors and works of modern Hindi literature.

  • Students will gain a better insight of using tools of textual and discourse analysis in order to understand the underlying socio-cultural and political fabric of modern Indian society.



Mode of instruction


Assessment method

  • Assessment of text and critical analyses prepared at home by each of the students (50 %)

  • Oral presentation of the analyses (30%)

  • Class participation (20%)


No Blackboard used.

Reading list

Primary Readings:

  • Amrut Lal Nagar, Nachyo Bahut Gopal, Rajpal and Sons, Delhi, 2008

  • Hridyesh, car darvesh, Jyanpeeth Prakshan, Delhi, 2011

  • Omprakash Valmiki, Joothan, Radhakrishna Prakashan, Delhi, 1997

  • Krishna Sobti, Samay Sargam, Rajkamal Prakshan, Delhi, 2000

  • M. Bal, Narratology: Introduction to the theory of narrative, University of Toronto Press, Toronto, 1997

  • Prabha Khaitan, piilii aandhii, Lok Bharti Prakashan, Delhi, 2002

  • Rahi Masum Raza, aadha gaon, Rajkamal Prakashan, Delhi, 1966

  • Shrilal Shukla, raag darbari, Rajkamal Prakashan, Delhi, 1968.

  • Surendra Varma, mujhe caand caahiye, Rajkamal Prakashan, Delhi, 1993

  • Usha Priyamvada, bhayaa kabir udaas, Rajkamal Prakashan, Delhi, 2007

  • Vinod Kumar Shukla, Naukar ki kamij, Rajkamal Prakashan, Delhi, 2008

Secondary Readings:

  • Sunil Khilnani, The Idea of India, Hamish Hamilton, London, 1997

  • Patricia Uberoi, Freedom and destiny: gender, family, and popular culture in India, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2006

Note: Reading list may include different literary texts and secondary readings as per requirement.


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