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LAHORE UNIVERSITY OF MANAGEMENT SCIENCES

B Sc (Honours) Programme

Urdu Literature I – SS 124

Autumn 2004-2005

(September 6 – November 26, 2004)

Course Instructor: Dr Arfa Sayeda Zehra

Number of Units: 4 Duration: 10 weeks

Number of Lectures: 20 Class Time: 100 Minutes each

I. Course Description

This course is intended for the students interested in the study of literature. Focusing on the Urdu short story, it follows the course of development from oral tradition in its ancient origins in folktale and legend to the present form of modern short story. It aspires to enable the learners to enjoy, appreciate and relate to the ethos of Urdu short story. To understand the complexity and diversity of relations in the context of age, class and gender. This course will follow the evolution of Urdu short story thought different phases. The development of genre in relation to under currents of time will be the main theme. It will use original Urdu sources to focus on literary expression of our experiences in life.


II. Goals

  • Familiarising the students with the basic themes in Urdu short story;




  • Facilitating the students in understanding and appreciating the literary idiom and recognising different types of literary expression;




  • Enabling the students to understand the intellectual, social and cultural perspective of Urdu short story.

III. Grade Distribution

Participation 5%

Seminar 15%

Assignments 20%

Mid Term Examination 25%

Final Examination 35%


Participation will mean both attendance and involvement. Seminar will be based on the written critique prepared by the students and presented in an open house discussion after each Module/Unit. Students are expected to give three Assignments during the quarter. Two with the highest grade will count towards the final grade.


IV. Pre-Requisites




  • Fluency in reading Urdu;




  • Some exposure to basic Urdu literary genres;


V. Outline

The foundation theme of the course will be growth of genre in the context of social and cultural experiences. It will comprise of three modules.



Module 1: The Beginning


  • Oral Tradition 1: Primitive Fiction.

The Colonial Influence


  1. Mazhar Ali Khan Vila

  2. Meer Bahadur Ali Hussaini

  3. Meer Aman




  • Oral Tradition II: Primitive Fiction.

The Stylistics


  1. Rajab Ali Baig Suroor

  2. Insha Allah Khan Insha

  3. Alif Laila




  • The Transition: Quest for a Form

Romance and Fantasy


  1. Ratan Nath Sarshar

  2. Sajjad Haider Yaldram







  1. Rashid ul Khairi

  2. Ali Abbas Hussaini

  3. Prem Chand


Module 2: Growth of a Genre


  • The Romantic Realism

Krishan Chandra




  • The Pivotal Point: Character

Rajendra Singh Bedi




  • The Hall of Mirror: Social Concerns

Ismat Chughtai



Saadat Hasan Manto




  • Concern with the Inner Self

Stream of Consciousness
Qurratul Ain Hyder

Intezar Hussain





  • The Secrets of the Psyche

Mumtaz Mufti




  • The Fifth Dimension




  1. Ahmad Nadeem Qasimi

  2. Balwant Singh




  • The Other Self




  1. Khadija Mastoor

  2. Hajira Masroor



Module 3: Contemporary Expression


  • Neo Orthodoxy

1. Ashfaque Ahmad

2. Bano Qudsiya


  • The symbolic and the Abstract




  1. Masood Ashar

  2. Khalida Hussain

  3. Ram Lal



1. Altaf Fatima

2. Mansha Yad


  1. Umrao Tariq

Urdu Literature I – SS 124


Course Plan: Autumn 2004-2005

Dr Arfa Sayeda Zehra


Week

Session

Topic

Readings

I


1.

Introduction to the Course: Scope and Dimensions
Module I: The Beginning

Oral Tradition 1: Primitive Fiction – The Colonial Influence



Excerpts from

1. Mazhar Ali Khan Vila

Baitaal Pacchchisee

2. Meer Bahadur Ali Hussaini

Akhlaq-i Hindi

3. Meer Aman

Bagh-o Bahar




2.

Oral Tradition II: Primitive Fiction – The Stylistics

Excerpts from

1. Rajab Ali Baig Surror

Fasana –i Ajaaib

2. Insha Allah Khan Insha

Rani Kaitki Ki Kahani

3. Alif Laila


II

3.

The Transition: Quest for a Form

Romance and Fantasy



1. Ratan Nath Sarsher

Fasana –i Azad

2. Sajjad Haider Yaldram

Kharistan o Gulistan





4.

Interface with Reality: The Simple and the Pure

1. Rashid ul Khairi

Shazadi Qamar Ara Begum Ki

Bipta

2. Ali Abbass Hussaini

Mela Ghumni

3. Prem Chand

Kafan

III

5.

Seminar







6.

Module 2.

Growth of a Genre

The Romantic Realism


Krishan Chandra

1. Phool ki Tanhaai

2. Pooray Chand Ki Raat


IV

7.

The Pivotal Point: Character

Rajendra Singh Bedi

1. Lajwanti

2. Apne Dukh Muhe Daido


Week

Session

Topic

Readings




8.

The Hall of Mirrors: Social Concerns

Ismat Chughtai

1. Chauthi ka Jora

2. Amar Bail


V

9.

The Art in Perfection

Saadat Hasan Manto

1. Toba Tek Singh

2. Mozial





10.

Concern with the Inner Self: Stream of Consciousness

Quratul Ain Hyder

1. Jila Watan



VI

11.

MID TERM







12.

Myths and Archetypes: Collective Unconscious

Intezar Hussain

1. Shehr-e Afsose

2. Woh jo Khoay Gaye


VII

13.

The Secrets of the Psyche

Mumtaz Mufti

1. Aapa


2. Samay ka Bandhan




14.

The Fifth Dimension

1. Ahmad Nadeem Qasimi

Lawrence of Thelebia

2. Balwant Singh

Jagga


VIII

15.

The Other Self

1. Khadija Mastoor

Jhainp


2. Hajira Masrror

Kaneez





16

Seminar




IX

17.

Module 3: Contemporary Expression.

Neo Orthodoxy





1. Ashfaque Ahmad

Gaderiya


2. Bano Qudsia

Kitnay Sau Saal






18.

The Symbolic and the Abstract

1. Masood Ash’ar

Dukh jo Mittee nay Diye

2. Khalida Hussain

Hazaar Paya

3. Ram Lal

Chaap



Week

Session

Topic

Readings

X

19.

The Moment: Face to Face

1. Altaf Fatima

Saun Guriyan

2. Mansha Yad

Pani Mein Ghira Pani

3.Umrao Tariq

Ujlay Shamlay Maili Chader






20

Seminar




 

 

 

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