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ASIAN 207 A: Special Topics In Literature And Culture Of Asia

Meeting Time: 
TTh 2:30pm - 4:20pm
RAI 121
Jennifer Dubrow
Jennifer Dubrow

Syllabus Description:

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 NightsThe Adventures of Amir HamzaA 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.

Catalog Description: 
Introduction to the literature of one or more Asian traditions considered in its cultural context. Content varies depending on the specialization and interest of instructor. Texts in English translation.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
October 5, 2016 - 9:21pm