ASIAN 498: Special Topics

The Bhagavad Gita

Meeting Time: 
MW 1:30pm - 3:20pm
Location: 
SAV 164
SLN: 
10549
Instructor:
Prem Pahlajrai

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.

Catalog Description: 
Offered occasionally by permanent or visiting faculty members. Topics vary. Offered: AWSp.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Other Requirements Met: 
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
November 15, 2013 - 4:00am