ASIAN 498: Special Topics

The Bhagavad Gita
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Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts
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M W 13:30-15:20
SAV 164

The Bhagavad Gītā is possibly the best-known Hindu text, both in India and in the West. In this course we shall undertake a close reading of the Gītā and examine the various facets of the text and its reach:
 the Gītā's literary, historical and cultural context
 doctrinal contributions of the Gītā to Hinduism
 textual criticism of the Gītā
 the Gītā's influence on Indian nationalism
 the Gītā's reception in the West
 the genre of imitative Gītā literature
All texts will be read in English translations, no knowledge of Sanskrit or other Indian languages is required. While not a prerequisite, a prior course on Hinduism and/or Eastern Religions will be helpful.

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Offered occasionally by permanent or visiting faculty members. Topics vary. Offered: AWSp.

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