Department of English

Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University


2202350  Selected Topics in English Literature

Amitav Ghosh

Puckpan Tipayamontri

Office: BRK 1106.1

Office Hours: M 13 and by appointment

Phone: 0-2218-4703


MCS 501/6 (note room change)



! New Room for class to the end of the semester (Jan. 28–Feb. 25, 2011). We will now be meeting in room 501/6, Maha Chakri Building.


! Presentation Guidelines are here.

Course Outline

Course Description: critical and close reading of Amitav Ghosh’s novels and essays, writings and conversations about his work as well as contemporary criticism to investigate Ghosh’s portrayal of the world, contexts for his writing, and ideas about the novel form and their implications on Anglophone literature scholarship, and to explore alternative approaches to Ghosh’s work.


Class Time: F 912

Required Texts
  • Course packet (order at the BRK Co-op Photocopy Center)
  • Ghosh, Amitav.  The Shadow Lines1988.  New York: Mariner Books, 2005.
  • Ghosh, Amitav.  The Calcutta Chromosome: A Novel of Fevers, Delirium and Discovery.  1995.  New York: Harper Perennial, 2001.
  • Ghosh, Amitav.  The Hungry Tide2004.  London: HarperCollins, 2005.
  • Ghosh, Amitav.  Sea of Poppies2008.  London: Hodder, 2009.


Detailed Schedule 


Syllabus (Word file)


Requirements and Expectations

  • Reading Responses: Aside from occasional writing of other kinds, reading responses are useful exercises that attempt to explain, discuss or comment on a question that you pose about the reading. No more than one page double-spaced is expected per response but it should be well thought out. Four are required but you may write more if you wish. See samples.

  • Attendance and Participation: Discussion of the texts will be a big part of this class and students are encouraged to express their opinions, share observations and ask questions. Come prepared to discuss the reading material.

  • There will be oral presentations and a final paper (57 pp.).





Last updated January 18, 2011