13 October 2015
Reading Assignment: complete Train to Pakistan (through p. 181)
Discussion leader: Ashlea Massie
Outline for Train to Pakistan Ending
Beginning-End of Story and Outcome/
Identifying Morals- Ethnic Rules/ Conclusion to that with Jugga
A.) Is their love just a bridge used for the purpose of the story?
2.) Hukum Chand isn't a pleasant character but he may be enigmatically heroic--is he? See page 158 & bottom of 175 & 178-179
3.) Instances of Self-Other- The stranger (boy)/Muslims vs.
Problems/Did Any Good Things Come Out of the British Leaving?
5.) Why the confusion over Iqbal's identity and ethnic heritage? > extend to Jugga and Nooran + child. What distinct roles do Jugga and Iqbal play?
6.) Is it possible to think beyond the nation-state as a
defining identity? (For most Americans, no, but until recent centuries most
human beings rarely thought of themselves as members of a nation.) Compare
"empire" and local community? tribe? region? religion? (page 149)
7.) Our course's texts abound in outrages and atrocities. Reading a text like Train to Pakistan, what do we learn about how historical horrors occur? What opportunities are seen to counter them?