RELIG SOUTH INDIA

S ASIAN C141
179 DWINELLE
TTh 2-330P
3
84024
LITTLE, L R

This class explores the interaction between indigenous South Indian modes of religious expression and those of Brahminical Hinduism from the Sangam age to the present. While placing emphasis on the formation and development of Hindu tradition, with its variety of sectarian developments, this class will also survey the unique expression of Buddhism and Jainism that have flourished in South India. This study will make extensive use of both textual and non-textual sources. By also emphasizing visual culture and performance traditions (art, dance, music and drama) this class will delve into those aspects of South Indian religious life that has most deeply impacted the lives of adherents of these faiths on a day to day basis.

Textbook(s)

Speaking of Siva, Anonymous Author, Trans. A. K. Ramanujan, Penguin, ISBN: 0140442707

The Secret Garland, Archana Venkatesan, Oxford University Press, ISBN: 0195391756

Classical Telugu Poetry: An Anthology, David Shulman & Rao Velcheru Narayana, University of California Press, ISBN: 0520225988

Fall 2012