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Fall 2012 Course Offering


CMLIT 204 (15153): Modern Drama
Professor Prakash Joshi
Fall 2012 / MW 10:50 am - 12:05 pm
Kissena Hall 105

Girish Karnad’s Drama in the Context of (Post)Modernism, (post)colonialism, And Modernization

The course will familiarize QC students with the maximally representative modern Indian drama that grows out of artistic amalgamations, rewritings and reinterpretations of a living ancient mythology.

The course has three components: lectures, seminars and theater presentations. The lectures will have a substantial range of topics and themes including the following:

1) perspectives on modern drama;

2) introduction to modern Indian drama with particular reference to Girish Karnad, one of the 3 great contemporary Indian dramatists;

3) a brief introduction to ancient Indian Mythology and Folklore

4) Indian contextualization of the theories of Postcolonialism and Marginalization;

5) The use of Mythology, Folklore and History by Girish Karnad;

6) Racial and social marginalization. Dr. Prakash Joshi is Associate Professor of English at Banasthali University in Rajasthan, India. In addition to teaching the course, Professor Joshi will also direct a production of one of Karnad’s plays.  


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