Short Fiction in Indian Literature

By Prof. A. Divya   |   IIT Madras
Learners enrolled: 1794
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.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Any Interested Learners

INDUSTRY SUPPORT:  British Council ,American and other Embassies in India
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 14 Oct 2022
Enrollment Ends : 08 Aug 2022
Exam Date : 29 Oct 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

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”

Books and references

  1.  A History of Indian English Literature by MK Naik
  2. Indian Literature (Sahitya Akademi)
  3. Vinay Dharwardker, Modern Indian poetry (essay)
  4. History of the Indian Novel in English by Ulka Anjaria 

Instructor bio

Prof. A. Divya

IIT Madras
Divya A is an Assistant Professor in English Literature in the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India. Divyas 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.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 29 October 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
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. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

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.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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