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