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Date

Topic and Texts

References

1

2/23

General Introduction: Diaspora and South Asian Diaspora

A.    Homeland ˇV Diaspora Writes Back and Cultural Brokerage

1.      Nation & Gender -- Deepa Mehtaˇ¦s  Fire * [India - Dehli]

Film Languages

2

3/2

Deepa Mehtaˇ¦s  Fire & Water * [India - Varanasi]

3

3/9

Funny Boy  (Shyam Selvadurai) [Sri Lanka]
"Pigs Can't Fly," "The Best School of All" and "Riot Journal: An Epilogue"

4

3/16

2.      Race Relations, Place & Identity Reconstruction

Stories from Tales From Firozsha Baag [India - Mumbai]
ˇ§Squatterˇ¨ˇ§Lend Me Your Lightˇ¨ "Swimming Lessons"

5

3/23

Stories from Uhuru Street (M. G. Vassanji) [East Africa]
"Ali," "The Driver," "Leaving," "Breaking Loose," "All Worlds Are Possible Now"

6

3/30

Anilˇ¦s Ghost (Michael Ondaatje) [Sri Lanka] to "The Grove of Aesthetics"
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7

4/6

Spring Break

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8

4/13

Anilˇ¦s Ghost (Michael Ondaatje) to "Ananda"

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Gilbert's Report 1

9

4/20

Anilˇ¦s Ghost (Michael Ondaatje) to "The Life Wheel"

10

4/27

Anilˇ¦s Ghost (Michael Ondaatje)--"Distance" and Conclusion
Stories from Miguel Street (V. S. Naipaul) [Trinidad]

"Bogart," "Man-Man," ˇ§B. Wordsworthˇ¨, "The Maternal Instinct," "Titus Hoyt, I.A." "How I Left Miguel Street"

Anna's Report 1
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11

5/4

Cereus Blooms at Night (Shani Mootoo) [Trinidad]

 

12

5/11

Cereus Blooms at Night (Shani Mootoo) [Trinidad]

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13

5/18

Cereus Blooms at Night (Shani Mootoo) [Trinidad]

Maggie's Report 1
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14

5/25

B.     Home: From Roots to Routes and Hybridity

  1. Bollywood/Hollywood * vs. Heaven on Earth (Deepa Mehta)*

Maggieˇ¦s Report 2

Gilbertˇ¦s Report 2

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15

6/1

    2. Air India 182 Crash & Multiculturalism Critiqued

       Masala (Sriniva Krishna)* & Desperately Seeking Helen* (Eisha Marjara) *

Jennyˇ¦s Report 1

Annaˇ¦s Report 2

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16

6/8

   3. Between Home and Homeland

Meatless Days (Sara Suleri ˇVPakistani-American)
"Excellent Things in Women" "Meatless Days" "Papa and Pakistan"

Jennyˇ¦s Report 2ˇ@

17

6/15

Meatless Days (Sara Suleri ˇVPakistani-American)
       "The Immoderation of Ifat" "What Mamma Knew" "Saving Daylight"

Annaˇ¦s Report 3ˇ@

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18

6/22

    Paper Presentation

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