Political & Spiritual Rhetoric (Semester 3)


This course explores the paradigmatic concerns of twentieth century India through a variety of genres— novels, autobiography, biography, essay and public speeches. Framed by Jawaharlal’s Nehru’s Discovery of India and Rabindranath Tagore’s essays on nationalism and the problematic self, the course travels through early anti-colonial sentiments, the turbulent years of the Swadeshi movement, the early imaginings of an Indian nation, visible and invisible revolutions in family spaces, spiritual experimentations, and culminates in the ruminations of Ambedkar. The authors included in this course will help critically frame the rhetorical concerns of the course: self and nationhood, sexual and spiritual politics, personal and political struggles.