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Dr. Martha Selby, Chair 120 INNER CAMPUS DR STOP G9300 WCH 4.134 78712-1251 • 512-471-5811

Spring 2006

ANS 301M • Storytelling in India

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
29050 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
PAR 303

Course Description

For centuries, Indians have used stories to explore and explain many of life's most perplexing riddles. This course will examine these stories as told in a number of forms, from earliest times through the medieval and modern periods. We will look at examples of mythology, poetry, drama, epic and folk tales, and other genres employed by Hindus, Buddhist, and Muslims to contextualize political, historical, social, religious, and personal problems and ideas. While literary structure, style and narrative technique will be stressed, some attention will also be paid to the selection of genre as a strategy to illustrate wider concerns and themes. No prior knowledge of India or its literary traditions is assumed or required.

Grading Policy

3 exams - 25% each Class participation 25%


Texts and readings will be supplied in an online course packet.


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