Culture and Modernity

The category of literature is self-apparent and yet the underlying premises of this taken-for-granted-ness has vexed scholars in questions of cross cultural and cross temporal analyses of texts. On the one hand the denotative object of ‘literature’ appears as eternal and unchanging and on the other the constituents of this category are historical. The objective of the course is to explore the ideological constructions as well as politico-economic conditions of modernity which has profound implications for our sense of such categories as ‘literature’, ‘author’, ‘style’, etc.