Fall 2011

The Home and the World: Women and Gender in South Asia

Listed in: Political Science, as POSC-207


Amrita Basu (Section 01)
Krupa Shandilya (Section 01)


This course will study South Asian women and gender through key texts in film, literature, history and politics. How did colonialism and nationalism challenge the distinctions between the “home” and the “world” and bring about partitions which splintered once shared cultural practices? What consequences did this have for postcolonial politics? How do ethnic conflicts, religious nationalisms and state repression challenge conceptions of “home”? How have migrations, globalization and diasporas complicated relations between the home and the world? Texts will include Salman Rushdie’s Shalimar the Clown, Ram Gopal Varma’s epic film Sarkar and Partha Chatterjee’s The Nation and Its Fragments.

Fall semester. Professors Basu and Shandilya.

WAGS 207 - L/D

Section 01
M 12:30 PM - 01:50 PM WEBS 220
W 12:30 PM - 01:50 PM WEBS 220

This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
The Home and the World Penguin Classics 2005 Rabindranath Tagore TBD
Sultana's Dream Feminist Press-CUNY Rokeya Sakhawat TBD
Imaginary Maps Routledge Mahasweta Devi TBD
River of Smoke Farrar, Straus & Giroux Amitav Ghosh TBD


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2013, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2019