This article provides an overview of the seminar on India and Indian literature held in summer 2020 as part of the Redesigning Modernities project at Penn State. It summarizes the organization of the seminar, contextualizes its materials and goals, and discusses its principal outcomes. The main question that the seminar’s twenty-six faculty and graduate student participants sought to explore collectively, across multiple humanistic disciplines, was: Why does the modern world look so different in a geo-cultural location such as India or South Asia, as we look at it through the eyes of Indian writers of fiction, prose, poetry, and drama in several languages?

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