All the following texts can be found in an English version:
- Raja Rao, Kanthapura (1938)
- R.K. Narayan, The Guide (1958)
- Cinzia Pieruccini, Vegetarianismo, Editrice Bibliografica. (May be substituted by Vasudha Narayanan, Hinduism)
- D. Rothermund, Storia dell'India, Il Mulino.
- Sharmita Lahiri "Can a Spirit of Our Own be Expressed in the Language of Our Coloniser?", Asiatic: 7.1, 2013.
- Sohan Pain, "The doctrine of Karma-Samniasa and the Theme of Renunciation in R.K. Narayan's Fiction", on the course website.
- Cleo Kearns, Hinduism, in The Cambridge Companion to Literature and Religion.
Non-attending students will also read:
Clayton Crockett, "What is Postsecularism", American Book Review, Volume 39, Number 5, July/August 2018, pp. 6-14.
Thomas Pantham, Indian Secularism and Its Critics: Some Reflections, The Review of Politics, Summer, 1997, Vol. 59, No. 3.
Graham Huggan, 'Is the "Post" in "Postsecular" the "Post" in "Postcolonial"?', Modern Fiction Studies, 56.4.
- Amitav Ghosh, The Glass Palace (2000).
- Kiran Desai, The Inheritance of Loss (2006)
- Jhumpa Lahiri, Unaccustomed Earth (2008)
- Alessandro Vescovi, "A Man is What He Eats (And What he Doesn't). On the use of traditional food culture in Anita Desai's Fasting, Feasting and Amitav Ghosh's The Glass Palace" Academia.edu
- Alessandro Vescovi, "Jhumpa Lahiri's " Unaccustomed Earth": When the Twain Do Meet" Academia.edu
- Maria Camilla Di Tullio, "Traditional Hindu Elements in Kiran Desai's The Inheritance of Loss", Le Simplegadi, vol. 16 2018.
- Zakes Mda, Fools, Bells, and the Habit of Eating. Three Satires, Johannesburg, Witwatersrand University Press, 2004.
- Zakes Mda, The Heart of Redness (2000).
- Zakes Mda, The Whale Caller (2005)
Derek A. Barker, "Escaping the Tyranny of Magic Realism? A Discussion of the Term in Relation to the Novels of Zakes Mda", Postcolonial Text, 4, n. 2, 2008. (Unimi database)
- Vital, Anthony, 2005, "Situating Ecology in Recent South African Fiction: J. M. Coetzee's «The Lives of Animals» and Zakes Mda's «The Heart of Redness»", Journal of Southern African Studies, 31.2: 297-313. (Unimi database)
- Jonathan Steinwand, "What the Whales Would Tell Us. Cetacean Communication in Novels by Witi Ihimaera, Linda Hogan, Zakes Mda, and Amitav Ghosh", in Elizabeth DeLoughrey and George B. Handley (eds), Postcolonial Ecologies. Literatures of the Environment, 2011, pp. 182-199 (Unimi database)
NON-ATTENDING STUDENTS. In addition to the above bibliography (and to any new material uploaded on Ariel/Teams), students are required to read up individually on:
1) the South African history from the 17th century to the present. Suggested references:
- The Cambridge History of South Africa / edited by Carolyn Hamilton, Bernard K. Mbenga, Robert Ross, 2 vols, 2010-11. (Scienze della Storia Library).
- Thompson, Leonard, A History of South Africa. Revised Edition, New Haven and London, Yale U.P., 1995 (3rd edition, 2000). (Scienze Politiche Library).
- South African History Online (SAHO) http://www.sahistory.org.za/
2) literary criticism: particularly useful are the critical essays contained in: The Cambridge History of South African Literature, ed. by D. Attwell and D. Attridge, Cambridge U.P., 2012. (Anglistica Library). This volume can be used to deepen one's knowledge of authors, works, cultural contexts, and literary trends.
Ariel online platform (course website)
All students are expected to check on the Ariel online platform regularly (http://ariel.unimi.it
), as new material will be uploaded during the course. The website also contains general information on the course.