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About this Course :

      Cultural Studies is an multidisciplinary Course. It is a combination of many disciplines like Psychology, Sociology,History, Literary Theory, Feminism, Subaltern Studies and so on. It is an umbrella term which includes components from all these disciplines.This is what makes Cultural Studies so interesting.Texts do not include words on a printed page. We leave the printed text and come to see society itself as a text. This is what makes it so interesting and challenging. It is with Cultural Studies that Film Studies and Media Studies have become so popular. 


This course for MA English third semester is an elective. It focuses on Malayalam Dalit Writing. It is divided into four Modules: Critical and Theoretical Essays, Poetry, Short Fiction/Autobiography and Fiction along with a background reading list including the Oxford and Penguin anthologies of Dalit Writing in Kerala and South India. 

Course Outcomes

CO1.   Understand the evolution and literary history of Dalit Literature 

CO2.    Comprehend the major texts in Malayalam Dalit writing

CO3.   Critically evaluate the key authors and their works

CO4.   Create a reading position and critical vantage to new Literatures 

CO5.  Interpret and explain Dalit literatures, politics and cultures

CO6.   Analyze contemporary significance of Dalit studies and literature 

CO7.     Critically engage with new works in interdisciplinary ways

CO8.   Evaluate new contexts and cultures in Dalit literatures

Course Content 

Module 1

Critical and Theoretical Essays


Susie Tharu and K Satyanarayana  :    “Introduction” to No Alphabet in Sight

T M Yesudasan.                          :  “Towards a Prologue to Dalit Studies” in No Alphabet in Sight

M Dasan et. al.            :  “General Introduction” to Oxford Anthology of Malayalam Dalit Writing

P Sanal Mohan            :    “Caste and Accumulation of Capital” in OAMDW 

Pradeepan Pampirikunnu    :   “What did Literary Histories Say to You?” in OAMDW

K K Kochu.                        :        “Language and People” in OAMDW

Sunny M Kapikkad.           :      “The Dalit Presence in Malayalam Literature” in OAMDW

K K Baburaj            :     “Identity, Alienation, Expression: Dalit Writing in Kerala” in OAMDW

Rekha Raj                :   “Dalit Women and Political Empowerment” in OAMDW


Module 2 

Poykayil Appachan.       :   “A Song” in Oxford Anthology of Modern Malayalam Literature

K K Govindan.                                   :  “The Killing Field” in OAMDW

Raghavan Atholi.                               :  “Justice Cooked” in OAMDW

S Joseph.                                             :  “The Fishmonger” in OAMML

M R Renukumar.                                :  “The Poison Fruit” in OAMDW

M B Manoj.                                         :  “Survey of India” in OAMDW

Vijila.                                                  :  “A Place for Me” in OAMDW

Module  3
Short story/Autobiography

T K C Vaduthala.                               : “Sweet-offering at Chankranthy” in OAMDW

C Ayyappan.                                       : “Madness” in OAMDW and “Spectral Speech” in OAMML

C K Janu.                                            : Mother Forest

Kallen Pokkudan.                               : “My Life” in OAMDW


Module 4 

Paul Chirakkarode.                             : The Pulaya Ghetto in OAMDW

P A Uthaman.                                     : The Death Wall in OAMDW

Narayan.                                              : Kocharethi: The Arayar Woman in OAMML



Recommended Reading:

Susie Tharu and K Satyanarayana (ed.): No Alphabet in Sight: New Dalit Writing from South India

M. Dasan et. al. (ed.),                                     :Oxford Anthology of Malayalam Dalit Writing

P. P. Raveendran and G S Jayasree. (ed.)      : Oxford Anthology of Modern Malayalam Literature

K .Ayyappa Paniker                                        : A Short History of Malayalam Literature

P. Sanal Mohan         : Modernity of Slavery: Struggles against Caste Inequality in Colonial Kerala

George Alex and M B Manoj. (ed.):  Writing in the Dark: A Selection of Malayalam Dalit Poetry

V. V. Swamy and E V Anil. (ed) :     Unknown Subjects: Songs of Poykayil Appachan

The course comprises discussions on the inextricable link between man and the physical environment, the impact of  ecology on all walks of life, ethical concerns with regard to ecology, ecological literary movements, ecological literary criticism and practical analysis of literary texts from an ecological perspective.

Psychoanalysis and Literature; the conjunction of these two disciplines has allured as well as inspired literary analyses.  Psychoanalytic writings of Sigmund Freud's case studies of Dora or the Wolf Man, have become the object of 'literary' scrutiny. It focuses on the symbolic pattern as also of repressed desires.

Pschoanalysis and Literature is an interesting course that would help students understand and enjoy literature better. The course teaches students literature including the classical category ( Oedipus Rex, Electra etc.) and modern literary works( Sophie's Choice, French Lieutenant's Woman)

Psychoanalysis and Literature, the conjunction of these two disciplines has allured and inspired literary criticism.Psychoanalytic writings of Sigmund Freud 's case studies of Dora or the Wolf Man have become the object of 'literary' scrutiny.