South Asian R5B: India in the Writer’s Eye

Reading and composition in connection with eastern and western representations of India, and other Asian cultures, in great works of modern literature. Satisfies the second half of the reading and composition requirement. Read More

Introduction to Contemporary Tamil Literature

This course aims to introduce modern literatures in the Tamil language written in India, Sri Lanka, Singapore and Malaysia and other Tamil diasporic spaces. During the course, students will encounter a wide variety of literary aesthetic practices that shape contemporary Tamil literary histories and their... Read More

South Asian 124: Modern Indian Literature

This course aims to introduce the vernacular and the Anglophone literary landscapes of South Asia by providing an overview of the role and growth of modern literature in India. This course examines the different socio-cultural, political and historical contexts in the production and reception of... Read More

South Asian C113: Buddhist Thought in India

This course is an advanced introduction to the major teachings of Indian Buddhism and their philosophical elaborations. We will cover the core tenets attributed to the Buddha, and the later doctrinal and scholastic developments that turned Buddhism into one of the principal philosophical traditions of... Read More


Focusing on the period between 600 and 1600 C.E., this course examines major developments within popular Hinduism, the growth and spread of Islam (Sufism) and the emergence of Sikhism on the Indian subcontinent. Course material includes extracts from theological and philosophical literature, poetry, autobiographical and... Read More