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

Fall 2007

ANS 372 • South Indian Cultural History

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
31660 MWF
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
PAR 303

Course Description

This course will explore cultural history of South India which has a significant role in the Indian cultural traditions. A picture of the cultural life of the society can be had by a study of Fine Arts, Architecture, Literature, etc. To know fully the cultural history of any land, it is imperative to know the political, social, religious history of the land. Hence this course explores the details about cultural ethos, art and architecture, classical dances, music, handicrafts, folk forms and traditions, tribal heritage, fairs, and festivals of the land. There will be a number of video films, slides, and pictures on the culture of South India. A focus on the comparison of the components of cultures of the four states (Tamilnadu, Andhra, Karnataka, Kerala) in South India will be shown. Views of different scholars about culture will be open for discussion. Hence the course will explore South India by describing the cultural history starting with political, literary, religious, art and artistic aspects of South India and try to establish how politics, religious movements, and art form part of culture or influence culture. Note: The course requirements include active engagement in class discussion, short papers critically studying individual problems and a final presentation.

Grading Policy

Quizzes (2): 50% 5 short notes from class video: 10% Attendance and class participation: 15% Papers (I and II): 25%


M.L. Bose, Social and Cultural History of Ancient India; Nilakanta Sastri, History of South India Thapar Romila, History of Inida, Vol. I & II; Thapar Romila, History and Beyond Trautmann R. Thomas, Aryans and British India; Gilbert Slater,The Dravidian Element in Indian Culture Sunil Khilnana,The Idea of India Course packet and materials Related books/articles/references given in the class


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