M, W 3:30-4:50 pm

LANG 104

Office: LANG 408D

Contact: Masood Raja


Salman Rushdie is by far the most prominent and the most controversial British. postcolonial author. This course aims to introduce you some of his major works as well as his short fiction. As a reading intensive course, this course will challenge you to read the three novels while also encouraging you to develop the kind of reading strategies necessary to read Rushdie and other postcolonial authors.

Required Texts

  • Midnight’s Children
  • Shame
  • The Satanic Verses
  • Short Stories (handouts)

Course Policies and Requirements: 

You are expected to come prepared for class: This involves reading the assigned texts, listening carefully to your peers, and contributing your views in a collegiate and stimulating way. Attendance is mandatory. 

Distribution of Points:

Weekly Quiz           100 Points

Group Presentation  300 Points

Class Participation   100 Points

Mid Term Paper       200 Points

Term Paper             300 Points

Total 1000 Points


Weekly Quiz (100 Points)
Each week you will be given a quiz about the assigned readings during the first fifteen minutes of class. You will not be given extra time if you are late and there will be no make up quizzes if you miss one. The questions will mostly be meant to ascertain whether or not you have read the assigned materials.
Mid-Term Paper (200 Points)
The Mid-term paper will be due in the 8th week of the course. The paper should be from 6-8 pages and MUST apply some theoretical in sights to a literary text. A handout containing the detailed instructions about the paper will be provided in class.
Group Presentations (300 Points)
In the first week, your class will be divided into small groups who will then choose their presentation topics. I will provide detailed instructions later.

Class Participation (100 Points)
As this is a seminar based on a discussion format, your thoughtful participation is essential to the success of the class. I encourage collegiate, open, and thought-provoking class discussions. Remember, we are all here to learn, so let us share our ideas and knowledge to make this class into a dynamic learning experience.
Term Paper:  (Guide) (300 Points)
The final term paper will be due on the last day of class. The paper should be 12-15 pages, with a clearly defined thesis and a coherent argument using one or two of the theoretical approaches discussed in class. I would encourage you to choose your topic early and do extensive research. I will be available to assist during all stages of your research and composition process.

You are expected to attend the class regularly. You will be in the danger of failing the course if you miss more than TWO class sessions.

Cheating and Plagiarism:

Cheating and plagiarism constitute fraudulent misrepresentation for which no credit can be given and for which appropriate sanctions are warranted and will be applied.
“Cheat” means intentionally to misrepresent the source, nature, or other conditions of academic work so as to accrue undeserved credit, or to cooperate with someone else in such misrepresentation. Such misrepresentations may, but need not necessarily, involve the work of others. As defined, cheating includes, but is not limited to:
Obtaining or retaining partial or whole copies of examination, tests or quizzes before these are distributed for student use;
Using notes, textbooks or other information in examinations, tests and quizzes, except as expressly permitted;
Obtaining confidential information about examinations, tests or quizzes other than that released by the instructor;
Securing, giving or exchanging information during examinations;
Presenting data or other material gathered by another person or group as one’s own;
Falsifying experimental data or information;
Having another person take one’s place for any academic performance without the specific knowledge and permission of the instructor;
Cooperating with another to do one or more of the above; and
Using a substantial portion of a piece of work previously submitted for another course or program to meet the requirements of the present course or program without notifying the instructor to whom the work is presented.
Presenting falsified information in order to postpone or avoid examinations, tests, quizzes, or other academic work.

“Plagiarize” means to take and present as one’s own a material portion of the ideas or words of another or to present as one’s own an idea or work derived from an existing source without full and proper credit to the source of the ideas, words, or works. As defined, plagiarize includes, but is not limited to:

(a) The copying of words, sentences and paragraphs directly from the work of another without proper credit;
(b) The copying of illustrations, figures, photographs, drawings, models, or other visual and nonverbal materials, including recordings, of another without proper credit; and
(c) The presentation of work prepared by another in final or draft form as one’s own without citing the source, such as the use of purchased research papers

Please contact me and bring me the necessary documentation if you would like me to make extra arrangements of for any disabilities.

Grading Scale:
A 900-1000

B 830-899
C 739-829
D 600-738
F Less than 600 Points
Important Note: If at any stage in this course you feel like I could tweak my teaching practices to make it a better learning experience for you, please come and talk to me. If you are not comfortable talking in person, you can leave me a typed anonymous note with your suggestions in my mailbox in the English main office.
Weekly Schedule:
(Note: This is a tentative schedule and the instructor retains the right to change it as and when necessary)
Week 1
Introduction to the course
Notes on salman Rushdie
Midnight’s Children (MC)
Week 2

Discussion: MC

Week 3
Discussion: MC
Week 4
Discussion: MC
Week 5
Discussion: Shame
Week 6
Discussion: Shame
Week 7
Discussion: Shame
The Satanic Verses (SV)
Week 8
Mid Term Paper Due
Discussion: SV
Week 9
Discussion: SV
Week 10
Discussion: SV
Week 11
Discussion: SV
Week 12
Discussion: SV
Selected Short Stories (Handout)
Week 13
Discussion: Selected Short Stories (Handout)
Week 14-15
Final Paper Workshops