Asian 207A, Spring 2016:
"Fairies, Genies, and Monsters: The Romance in India"
This course introduces the romance in India, a literary genre of fantastic adventures, supernatural encounters, and brave heroes. Major readings comprise The Arabian Nights, The Adventures of Amir Hamza, A Tale of Four Dervishes, and Haroun and the Sea of Stories. In Spring 2016 we will have a special guest, Ankit Chadha, a dastan-go (reciter of romance) from India, who will visit our class and demonstrate the art of live storytelling (dastan-goi). We will explore the development of the genre by reading some of the most famous and beloved examples of romance from India. All works will be read in English translation, and no prior knowledge is assumed.