RLG476H1: Caste in Tamil Literature

Hours: 
24L

This course looks at original and translated works of both fiction and non-fiction, or those which blur the boundaries between both in Tamil literature both in the premodern and contemporary period, which deal with case in Tamil society. By looking at a range of works from the Periyapuranam to the contemporary radical Dalit perspective writings of Imayam and E. M. S. Kalaivaanan, among others we aim at arriving at an understanding of why, despite social and economic mobility caste remains the indelible marker of the modern Tamil identity even today.

Prerequisite: 

None though knowledge of Modern Tamil and the ability to read it is strongly recommended

Corequisite: 

None

Exclusion: 

None

Recommended Preparation: 

None

Distribution Requirements: 
Humanities
Breadth Requirements: 
Creative and Cultural Representations (1)