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1 ASIA 152: Survey of South Asian Cultural History Fall 2009 Meeting times and location: Tuesday and Thursday 12:30-1:45 215 Hanes Art Center Pamela Lothspeich 108 New West 843-4864 [email protected] Office hours: Tuesday and Thursday 9:45-10:45 COURSE DESCRIPTION This course offers a serendipitous journey through South Asian cultural history from approximately 1500 BCE to the present. In order to fruitfully engage with such a huge topic, we will focus on an enduring theme: love and desire. That is, we will consider love towards the divine, human beloveds, and even the nation as expressed in literature, drama, film, music, art, and architecture. In doing so, we will pay special attention to developments within Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Sikhism major religions of South Asia, and in particular, the ways in which they have posited quests for fulfillment. Some of the issues we will discuss include the means to salvation in various religio us traditions, the tension between renunciation and „householding‟ in South Asian society, the sublimation of the divine as a human paramour, purdah or the seclusion of women, courtesan culture, and romance in Bollywood. Along the way, we will note sites of intercultural contact and synthesis, and chart the broad contours of the Indian political sphere, particularly from the 16th century. COURSE GOALS By the end of this course, you should be familiar with major developments in Indian cultural and political history, important ideas in the history of South Asian religious traditions, the various kinds of Indian literature, and the range of South Asian literature. You should also be conversant with the way love, romance, desire, renunciation, and/or salvation have been conceptualized in some representative works of literature and film. REQUIRED TEXTS The Bhagavad- Gita: Krishna’s Counsel in Time of War; Barbara Stoler Miller, trans.; Bantam Love Song of the Dark Lord: Jayadeva’s Gitagovinda; Jayadeva; Barbara Stoler Miller, trans.; Motilal Ba The Recognition of Sakuntala; Kalidasa; W.J. Johnson, trans.; OUP Madhumalati: An Indian Sufi Romance; Aditya Behl and Simon Weightman, trans.; OUP Umrao Jan Ada; Mirza Muhammad Hadi Rusva; Khushwant Singh, trans.; Rupa Home and the World; Rabindranath Tagore; Surendranath Tagore, trans.; Penguin e-pack (available under “Course Documents” in Blackboard) COURSE REQUIREMENTS paper 1 15% paper 2 20% fieldtrip report 10% quizzes 25% final exam 25% participation 5% GRADING SCALE 94-100 = A 74-76 = C 90-93 = A- 70-73 = C- 87-89 = B+ 67-69 = D+ 84-86 = B 60-66 = D 80-83 = B- 59 and below = F 77-79 = C+ Papers: The first paper should be 3-4 pages and the second 4-5 pages in length, with about 300 words per page. These should be formal argumentative papers in which you employ a standard academic style.
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