HONORS 135 - Ideas in Honors
Section: 002 "Thank you, come again": Indians in Western Popular Culture
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Honors Program (HONORS)
Department: LSA Honors
Credits:
1
Other:
Honors, Minicourse
Class Misc Info:
(Drop/Add deadline=Jan. 23.).
Advisory Prerequisites:
First-year standing in the Honors Program.
Grading:
Mandatory credit/no credit.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

From Wall Street to the Silicon Valley to Ann Arbor, people of Indian origin are often hailed as a “model minority” in our society. As the number and prominence of Indians in the West increase, so do representations of Indian people and culture within the Western Pop culture framework. In this course, we will examine Indian characters and customs as represented in various Western media, considering films, books, TV shows, etc. Are there dominant trends in these representations? What are the stereotypes or ideologies in play here? How is the possibility of Indian assimilation into the West presented?

To get a better perspective on these issues, course materials will comprise of works by both Indians and non-Indians, produced mainly in the U.S. and the U.K. Possible shows and films include The Simpsons, Bend It Like Beckham, The Namesake, Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle, American Desi, and clips from one or two Bollywood films.

Readings will include excerpts from books by prominent authors of Indian origin such as Salman Rushdie and Jhumpa Lahiri. We may also examine as case studies social trends such as the Bhangra/hip-hop collaboration movement in the U.K., the increasing international influence of the Bollywood film industry, and the Kaavya Viswanathan plagiarism case.

Evaluation will mostly consist of short written reflections on particular texts of your choice. This course is designed to familiarize students with Indian culture and its representations, and also to spark discussion about broader issues of minority assimilation into the West.

No previous knowledge of Indian culture required. The extra class hours are due to the fact that movies will occupy a considerable amount of time.

HONORS 135 - Ideas in Honors
Schedule Listing
002 (SEM)
P
19681
Open
6
6LSA Hnrs
-
Th 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: description in course guide & Honors website (http://www.lsa.umich.edu/honors/programs/honors135.htm)
003 (SEM)
P
19937
Open
2
2LSA Hnrs Y1
-
M 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Note: description in course guide & Honors website (http://www.lsa.umich.edu/honors/programs/honors135.htm)
004 (SEM)
P
22672
Open
5
5LSA Hnrs Y1
-
W 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: description in course guide & Honors website (http://www.lsa.umich.edu/honors/programs/honors135.htm)
005 (SEM)
P
21655
Open
3
3LSA Hnrs Y1
-
Th 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: description in course guide & Honors website (http://www.lsa.umich.edu/honors/programs/honors135.htm)
006 (SEM)
P
21656
Closed
0
1LSA Hnrs Y1
-
W 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: description in course guide & Honors website (http://www.lsa.umich.edu/honors/programs/honors135.htm)
007 (SEM)
P
21657
Open
7
7LSA Hnrs Y1
-
Th 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: description in course guide & Honors website (http://www.lsa.umich.edu/honors/programs/honors135.htm)
008 (SEM)
P
21658
Closed
0
12LSA Hnrs Y1
-
TBA
Note: this section will not be offered in Winter 2008
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