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Rahul K Gairola
CHID 250
Seattle Campus

Special Topics: Introduction to the History of Ideas

Examines a different subject or problem from a comparative framework. Satisfies the Gateways major/minor requirement. Offered: AWSp.

Class description

STATES OF VIOLENCE: Rhetorics of "Security" and Representations of Conflict in the Fiction and Film of South Asia

This course grows out of a conference of a similar title hosted by CHID in February 2009, and also from a volume of collected essays currently being edited by Dr. Gairola and Dr. Summer Pervez (University of the Fraser Valley) As a geopolitical entity, South Asia has had a long history of violence: anti-colonialist movements, post-colonial secessionist uprisings, religious fundamentalism, gender conflicts, caste wars, ‘racial’ strife, ethnic struggles, regional conflicts, and terrorism. The course aims at looking at representations of these in the media, literature, and cinemas in the region’s historical, political, social, economic, and globalized and diasporic contexts. The conference will evaluate these topics in the contexts of gender, class, race, ethnicity, ideology, and caste.

We will view a number of films, including the Bollywood smash hits "Mission Kashmir" and "Mr. and Mrs. Iyer," and will read three shortish novels: Anita Desai's "Clear Light of Day"; Kushwant Singh's "Train to Pakistan"; and Jaspreet Singh's "Chef." We will suplement these readings with the "On Violence" reader, and also key readings by Michel Foucault, George Bataille, and Rene Girard.

A final research paper and oral presentation of it will comprise the bulk of the final grade.

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Last Update by Rahul K Gairola
Date: 03/21/2010