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Daniel Schönbauer (ed.)

Postcolonial Indian Experiences, page 1 - 9

Teaching the Faces of a Rising Nation

1. Edition 2020, ISBN print: 978-3-8288-4293-9, ISBN online: 978-3-8288-7205-9, https://doi.org/10.5771/9783828872059-1

Tectum, Baden-Baden
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Daniel Schönbauer (Ed.) Postcolonial Indian Experiences Daniel Schönbauer (Ed.) Postcolonial Indian Experiences Teaching the Faces of a Rising Nation Tectum Verlag Daniel Schönbauer (Ed.) Postcolonial Indian Experiences. Teaching the Faces of a Rising Nation © Tectum – ein Verlag in der Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, Baden-Baden 2020 eBook 978-3-8288-7205-9 (Dieser Titel ist zugleich als gedrucktes Werk unter der ISBN 978-3-8288-4293-9 im Tectum Verlag erschienen.) Umschlagabbildung: © Sophie Gnech Alle Rechte vorbehalten Informationen zum Verlagsprogramm finden Sie unter www.tectum-verlag.de Bibliografische Informationen der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek verzeichnet diese Publikation in der Deutschen Nationalbibliografie; detaillierte bibliografische Angaben sind im Internet über http://dnb.ddb.de abrufbar. 5 Table of Contents Daniel Schönbauer Introduction: Postcolonial Indian Experiences – Teaching 'the faces' of a rising nation……….…………………………..…..10 Pavan Kumar Malreddy The Idea of India – Pedagogical Perspectives….……………..19 Part A: From Empire to Globalization: HISTORICAL Perspectives…..38 Natascha Münnich An Invitation to Colonial India – Alice Perrin’s “The Rise of Ram Din"……………………………………………………39 Michelle Skruth Teaching Stories of Partition – Saadat Hasan Manto's "The Return"…………………………………………………..…..58 Kevin Kuypers Reading and Teaching Post-Independence India in Arundhati Roy's God of Small Things…………………..………………82 Marc Nöthen India as a Global Player: Akash Kapur's India Becoming in the EFL Classroom ……………………………………………..97 6 PART B: INSIDE PERSPECTIVE(S): CULTURAL 'FACES' OF PRESENT-DAY INDIA……………….………………………………………………………………….…..114 Christina Büttgen, Carolin Sampels & Christina Strackbein Approaching Bollywood: The Movie English Vinglish. Teacher's Guide……………………...………………………….…….115 Christina Kattwinkel Gender and Postcolonial India: An Analysis of Baburao Bagul's "Mother" in the EFL classroom…………...………………..133 Julia Falter, Sophie Gnech & Svenja Harzem (Inter-)cultural Enounters in Meher Pestonji's "Outsider"…..148 PART C: INDIA AS A GLOBAL COMMUNITY: DIASPORIC EXPERIENCES..….…..170 Alexander Gaiselmann 'America, exile and loneliness' – Reading and Teaching First Generation Indian Diasporic Experiences in Lahiri's short story "Mrs. Sen's"….……………………………………………...171 Laura Commer & Kira Gray Students Dining with Mr. Pirzada and Jhumpa Lahiri in the EFL Classroom…………………….…………………………….187 Lennart Krieger Finding an Identity in the Midst of Traditional Values and Cultural Pressure: What We Can (Still) Learn from Bali Rai's (un)arranged marriage…………………...……….….…………205 Sophie Gnech & Svenja Harzem East meets in Salman Rushdie's "A Good Advice is Rarer than Rubies"………………………………………………….….225 Carolin Bialecki "Hear Me Roar" – Saroo Brierley's Lion in the EFL Classroom…………....…………………………………………..242 7 Authors Carolin Bialecki (B.A.) is pursuing a Master of Education in English, Latin, and Educational Sciences at the University of Bonn. Her research interests include In-Yer-Face Theatre and Literature of Madness. Christina Büttgen (B.A.) is pursuing a Master of Education in English, Social Sciences, and Educational Sciences at the University of Bonn. She completed her bachelor’s degree at the TU Dortmund and the University of Leeds. Her research interests include Empirical Educational Research, Inclusion and Differentiation, Postcolonial Literatures in the English Classroom as well as Political Education. Laura Commer (B.A.) is pursuing a Master of Education in English, Biology, and Educational Sciences at the University of Bonn. Her research interests include Children’s Literature and Fantasy Literature. Her bachelor thesis was on the topic “Harry Potter – A Hero of Children’s Literature?”. Julia Falter (B.A.) is pursuing a Master of Education in English, French, and Educational Sciences at the University of Bonn. Her research interests include Teaching English and French as a Foreign Language, and Postcolonial Literatures and Cultures. She also teaches English classes for adults. Alexander Gaiselmann (B.A.) is pursuing a Master of Education in English, Social Sciences, and Educational Sciences at the University of Bonn. He spent a semester abroad at Swansea University in Wales. His 8 research interests include Sociocultural Linguistics and Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Sophie Gnech (B.A.) is pursuing a Master of Education in English, History, and Educational Sciences at the University of Bonn. She has won the Queen’s Prize for her bachelor thesis on the different images of the hero and heroine in Beowulf and Tolkien. Her research interests include Gender Studies, British Literature from the 19th century to the present, Children’s Literature, and Young Adult Fiction. Kiray Gray (B.A.) is pursuing a Master of Education in English, Biology, and Educational Sciences at the University of Bonn. Her research interests include Extracurricular Learning Environments as well as Ecocriticism, Postcolonial and Feminist subjects. Svenja Harzem (B.A.) is pursuing a Master of Education in English, French, and Educational Sciences at the University of Bonn, where she is a tutor in English Literature as well as a research assistant in the Department of English (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). She spent a semester abroad at the University of Toulouse Jean Jaurès. Her research interest is Postcolonial Studies. Christina Kattwinkel (B.A.) is pursuing a Master of Education in English, History, and Educational Sciences at the University of Bonn and works as a graduate assistant at the Department of Educational Sciences. She spent a semester abroad at the National University of Ireland Maynooth. Lennart Krieger (B.A.) has studied English Studies and Philosophy as an undergraduate student at the University of Cologne from 2012 to 2017. During this time, he spent an academic year studying Modern Philosophy at the University of Warwick from 2014 until 2015. Since 2017, he is pursuing a Master of Education in English, Philosophy, and Educational Sciences at the University of Bonn. His research interests are Anglophone Postcolonial Literature, Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Postmodern American Literature, Dystopian Fiction, Modern Philosophy, Epistemology, and Metaphysics. Kevin Kuypers (B.A.) completed his bachelor’s degree in English, Social Sciences, and Educational Sciences at the University of Münster. He is now pursuing a Master of Education at the University of Bonn. His research interests include Linguistics and (Religious) Sociology. 9 Pavan Kumar Malreddy (PhD) is a professor at the Department of English and American Studies (New Anglophone Literatures and Cultures) at the Goethe University Frankfurt. Currently, he is researching on armed rebellions in India, Burma and Nigeria. His research project includes World Literatures, Postcolonial Studies, and discourses of terrorism. Marc Nöthen (B.A.) is pursuing a Master of Education at the University of Bonn. His research interests include British Literatures and Cultures (with a specific interest in Picture Book Theory) as well as Postcolonial Literatures and Cultures (with a specific interest in First Australian, Native American and Indian authors). Carolin Sampels (B.A.) is pursuing a Master of Education in English, Geography and Educational Sciences at the University of Bonn. Her research interests include the use of media in classrooms. Christine Strackbein (B.A.) is pursuing a Master of Education in English, Geography, and Educational Sciences at the University of Bonn. Her research interests include students’ conceptions in Geography class. Michelle Skruth (B.A.) is pursuing a Master of Education in English, History, and Educational Sciences at the University of Bonn. Her research interests include Minority Fiction: Postcolonial, African and African American Fiction.

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The 21st century has seen a growing importance of India in foreign language education. Not only has globalisation led to a reshaping of life in India itself, but, on a global scale, the enlarging Indian diaspora has resulted in a spreading and reflection of Indian (diasporic) experiences in economy, literature and (pop)culture. This anthology provides perspectives of how to read and teach these ‘faces’ of postcolonial India. Thereby, it focusses on a variety of literary texts worth implementing in teaching units. The articles take the perspective of literary and cultural studies as base and aim at interconnecting it to major concepts and theories of teaching literature and culture. Finally, it is the aim of this anthology to provide ideas of how to actively teach the different ‘faces’ of postcolonial India in the (advanced) intercultural EFL classroom.