ANS 302K • Introduction to India
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
This course will contribute to an introductory understanding of South Asia (Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan), which is a diverse geographic region accommodating more than one-fifth of humanity. Crossing the boundaries of the region's multiple histories, languages, and cultural, social, and religious traditions will enable us to explore the diverse identities extant in South Asia today. We will place particular emphasis on popular culture and everyday life in contemporary South Asia. After an introductory grounding in the history and critical study of South Asia, readings and lectures are focused on cultural topics including literature and film (especially Bollywood films, which have been phenomenally influential in the formation of Indian identities) and contemporary studies of South Asian life. Topics covered include: society, family, and gender issues; religious traditions; artistic and musical expressions; colonialism; nationalism; economy and politics; globalization; and the South Asian diaspora. Students in this class will benefit from occasional guest lecturers who are specialists in various topics related to the study of South Asia. I encourage all students to meet with me at least once during the semester.
2 exams: 60% Final exam: 30% Attendance: 10%
Modern South Asia: History, Culture and Political Economy (by Sugata Bose and Ayesha Jalal) Everyday Life in South Asia (edited by Diane P. Mines and Sarah Lamb) Readings posted on The University of Texas at Austin's "Blackboard" 2-4 Films: including Pather Panchali and Mother India (others to be announced)