Saadat Hasan Manto - The Progressive Seer

Jul 19, 2022 - Aug 11, 2022
Application Deadline:
Jul 18, 2022
4 Weeks
Tuesday - 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Thursday - 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Delivery Method:

This course is about discovering the subcontinent's twentieth-century writer, Saadat Hasan Manto, through the lens of his short stories and his controversial writing style. The readings and critical material in the course will allow students to assess whether Manto was a progressive writer who had the power of foresight, and if so, why?

The short stories read and discussed in the course will allow students to divorce themselves from a state narrative that is frequently offered regarding the partition of the subcontinent, and delve into deeper questions that arose from that historical moment, which are more often than not, not found in the textbook representation of history. Thematically, the course will stimulate students to think about the narrator's reliability, the relationship between shorter narratives and historical trauma, violence as a gendered and political phenomenon, and the depiction of a crude truth in fiction that mirrors society's reality.

The course also delves into the relationship between form and content, and between form and context. All of the short stories studied in this course, in some way, thematise the question of normality or reality, and the boundaries of reality and what lies beyond them.

Course Objectives

  • learn to critically read, study, and interpret the short stories of Manto.
  • use literary texts as a way to examine history.
  • situate Manto's works and place in the discourse on the subcontinent's partition literature.
  • evaluate the relationship between shorter narratives and historical trauma.

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Huda Imtiaz
Huda Imtiaz
A storyteller, writer, and educator
MA in Comparative Literature from King's College London
Faculty at LUMS and whose prose and poetry have been published in the anthology, ???Chronicle of Memories???, and in Luphyr Magazine.

Course Fee: TBA

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