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Short Fiction in Indian Literature


This course involves the study and analysis of fiction in English from different regions of India.  The course will draw upon both short and long fiction. Students will be required to develop an understanding of both 19th century as well as contemporary Indian fiction.  The objective of the course is to use literature as a point of entry into the nature of Indian identity and the Indian way of life.

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Divya A is an Assistant Professor in English Literature in the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India. Divya’s research interests primarily revolve around explorations in the fields of gender, domesticity, spatiality, urbanism, and the interplay between the visual and the literary arts.  After obtaining her Master of Studies degree in Early Modern English Literature from the University of Oxford, Divya completed her PhD in Nineteenth- Century English Fiction at Nanyang Technological University. She has published on Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, Wilkie Collins, and the Pre-Raphaelites. Her current research project traces and maps the British colonial visual culture of Nineteenth-Century India.


Week 1 : Sivasankaran Pillai “In the Flood”
Week 2 :Kamala Das “Summer Vacation”
Week 3 : Rabindranath Tagore “Cabulliwallah”
Week 4 : Khushwant Singh “Karma”
Week 5  :Sundara Ramaswamy “Reflowering”
Week 6 : Premchand “The Chess Players”
Week 7 : Premchand “The Shroud”
Week 8 : Ambai, “A Kitchen in the Corner of the House”
Week 9  : Mulk Raj Anand “The Price of Bananas”
Week 10 : Ruskin Bond “The Blue Umbrella”
Week 11 : R.K. Narayan “A Horse and Two Goats”
Week 12 : Anita Desai “Games at Twilight”

  •  A History of Indian English Literature by MK Naik
  • Indian Literature (Sahitya Akademi)
  • Vinay Dharwardker, Modern Indian poetry (essay)
  • History of the Indian Novel in English by Ulka Anjaria 
  • The exam is optional for a fee.
  • Date of Exams : October 28 (Sunday)
  • Time of Exams : Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon session: 2pm to 5pm
  • Exam for this course will be available in both morning & afternoon sessions.
  • Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
  • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published.


  • Final score will be calculated as : 25% assignment score + 75% final exam score
  • 25% assignment score is calculated as 25% of average of  Best 8 out of 12 assignments
  • E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam and score greater than or equal to 40% final score. Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras.It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.