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

The Hobbit book cover next to traditional Hindi painting
Meeting Time: 
TTh 2:30pm - 4:20pm
MEB 245
Jennifer Dubrow
Jennifer Dubrow

Syllabus Description:

Amar Ayyar slays a dragon

Fairies, Genies, and Monsters:

The Romance in India

Winter 2020

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 Hamza, and J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. We will explore the development of the genre by reading one of the most famous and beloved examples of romance from India. Toward the end of the course we will study The Hobbit as a modern example of the romance genre, and compare it with The Adventures of Amir Hamza. 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: 
November 8, 2019 - 11:49am