EGO 128 Imagining Women: Representations in Literature and Cinema By Prof. Vrinda Nabar, Visiting Research Professor, Kavivarya Bakibaab Borkar Chair in Comparative Literature offers a one credit course under CBCS for Goa University PG students under Department of English from 24th September to 06th October, 2018

  • Goa University

    Directorate of Visiting Research Professors Programme

    Kavivarya Bakibaab Borkar Chair in Comparative Literature

    EGO 128 Imagining Women: Representations in Literature and Cinema


    Prof. Vrinda Nabar

    Visiting Research Professor

    Kavivarya Bakibaab Borkar Chair in Comparative Literature

    (A one credit course under CBCS for Goa University PG students under Department of English)

    The course is open to PG students and Research Scholars of Goa University. Members of the general public are welcome to attend.

    Dates: 24th September to 06th October, 2018.    

    Venue: Conference Hall, Main Building, Goa University

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    Monday, 24 September, 2:30-4:30 p.m.: Introduction/Review of Recent

    Scholarship (Lecture/discussion);

    Tuesday, 25 September, 2:30-5:00: Introduction, Screening, discussion;

    Wednesday, 26 September, 2:30-5:00 p.m.: Introduction, Screening, discussion;

    Thursday, 27 September, 2:30-4:00:00 p.m.: Lecture/discussion;

    Submission of First Response (10 Marks).

    Monday, 1 October, 2:30-5:00 p.m.: Introduction, Screening, discussion;

    Wednesday, 3 October, 2:30-4:00 p.m.: Review lecture/discussion; Round-Up/Questions;

    Friday, 5 October: 2:30-5:00 p.m.:  Final Examination/Final Discussion. (10/5 Marks)

    Saturday, 6 October: Handing over of Grades.


    Evaluation Method:

    1. Regular participation in class discussions (5 marks)
    2. Written submission ( 5 marks)
    3. Final examination (15 Marks)



    1. Attendance is mandatory. Marks will be deducted for continued or unauthorized absences.
    2. Attendance at the final examination is also mandatory.

    Maximum number of students: 25. Selection will be made if there are more than 25 registrations for the course. Only those who register online on the VRPP website will be considered for selection to the course.

    Course Coordinator: Professor Nina Caldeira, Head, Department of English

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    Course Objective

    Imagining Women: Representations in Literature and Cinema (September-October 2018)

    This interactive course extends some of the key concepts covered in earlier courses. It examines current global trends in interdisciplinary studies and introduces students to the diverse ways in which literary classics are being re-examined and re-interpreted. Since cinema is a principal medium of such re-interpretation, it would take up known and not so well known (even unknown to most students) novels and their cinema versions, and critique the two individually and in conjunction. The two-week one-credit course would aim at a rewarding expansion of both imaginary and critical horizons. The emphasis would remain on Literature (i.e.  the written text) ranging over different literary periods and contexts, but the study would encourage students to relate these to contemporary critical developments and the ways in which emergent ideologies can make one reassess what seems known and familiar.

    We would discuss the films and the novels to try and decode how changing times and circumstances transform perceptions and the criteria that enter any postcolonial review of both genres. Participants would be encouraged to extend their understanding to material/contexts not covered in the mandatory readings.

    Attendance is mandatory, and marks will be deducted for unauthorized absences. Students would be required to participate in class discussions (5 Marks).


    Primary (Mandatory/Compulsory) Readings:


    Charlotte Bronte: Jane Eyre;

    Harper Lee: To Kill a Mockingbird;

    Michael Cunningham: The Hours.


    Secondary Readings:

    Since experience has shown that no one does the readings even if Xeroxes are provided, these will be extensively covered in class and a list provided to interested attendees.


    Bio of Professor Vrinda Nabar

    A former Chair of English at the University of Mumbai, Vrinda Nabar (b. 1948) studied at the universities of Mumbai and Oxford. She has been a Visiting Professor at Northwestern University (Illinois, USA) and at the Open University (Milton Keynes, UK). Her teaching and research interests have focused on postcolonial issues, Indian literature in English and in English translation, India and the Diaspora, and transnational feminisms. She has also made public presentations of her work at Northwestern University, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Loyola University (Chicago), West Chester University (PA, USA), the Open University (UK), the Sahitya Akademi, Xavier Institute of Communication, Mumbai, and various universities and colleges in India.

    In addition to academic papers and review articles, Vrinda Nabar’s published work includes: the academic bestseller Caste as Woman; Family Fables & Hidden Heresies: A Memoir of Mothers and More; The Bhagavadgita (Introduction and Translation); The Endless Female Hungers: A Study of Kamala Das; and Snake-Skin and Other Poems of Indira Sant (co-translated from the Marathi). She has co-edited Postcolonial Perspectives on the Raj and Its Literature, and Mapping Cultural Spaces: Postcolonial Indian Literature in English. She has also published translations from the poetry of Bakibaab Borkar, Sadanand Rege, Narayan Surve, Mangesh Padgaonkar and Jibanananda Das.

    Vrinda Nabar has freelanced extensively for Indian newspapers, radio and television since the 1970s. She wrote the monthly columns “Book Beat” (The Times of India), “First Person” (The Free Press Journal) and “View from My Window” (Harmony); a fortnightly column of arts and ideas for The Indian Post; and was Literary Editor (Fiction) for The Independent (Bombay). She conceptualised and compèred the monthly show “A Time For Books” for Bombay Doordarshan, and presented Marathi poets in translation as well as a series of literary magazines, “Writers of Tomorrow”, for All India Radio, Bombay. For a short while she also worked as a senior Consultant in Corporate Communications with the Tata Group. She lives in Mumbai, India.

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    Dr. Nandakumar Mekoth

    Director, VRPP

    Goa University