COURSE DESCRIPTION: The course 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 and in 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. modern literary texts. Along with a close reading texts and audio/video clips 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.