01:013:433 Modern Urdu Literature & Culture, Spring 2017
Modern Urdu literature and Popular Culture is designed to introduce students to modern Urdu literature and popular culture; its various genres and cultural contexts. It provides an overview of the diverse manifestations of South Asian culture and history in Urdu literature, produced mostly in India and Pakistan. Contemporary times are included to give students an idea of evolution of Urdu literature and culture. Students are introduced to a variety of artistic genre and registers, ranging from poetry recitation such as *Ghazal*, *Nazm,* *Qawaali *and *Mushaira*, to classical dances including *Kathak* and *Mujra*,to mass media products like films and television shows. In addition, readings of modern literary texts and translations of literatures in other South Asian languages are offered in Urdu. Along with a close reading and translation of the texts their socio-cultural context is also presented. The course will cover a large number of writers because of their unique importance within the cannon of vernacular South Asian literatures. In addition, students improve their understanding of the socio-cultural patterns and linguistic complexities of the Urdu language
through adaptations in film, drama, and other media.