ANS 302K • Introduction to India
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
This course will contribute to an introductory understanding of South Asia 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 and will enter critical issues important to the region through overviews of art and literature. 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) and contemporary studies of South Asian life in both public and private spheres. Topics covered include: society, family, and gender issues; religious traditions; art, music, and literature; colonialism and nationalism; economy, politics, and globalization. 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: 25% Attendance and Class Participation: 15%
1. Modern South Asia: History, Culture and Political Economy (by Sugata Bose and Ayesha Jalal) Paperback ISBN-13: 978-0415307871, Routledge, 2nd ed. Required 2. Everyday Life in South Asia (edited by Diane P. Mines and Sarah Lamb) Paperback, ISBN-13: 978-041530787, 2nd Edition, Required 3. India Unbound: The Social and Economic Revolution from Independence to the Global Information Age, Gurcharan Das, Paperback, ISBN-13: 978-0385720748, Anchor, 2002, Required 4. Clearing a Space: Reflections on India, Literature and Culture (The Past in the Present) (Paperback), by Amit Chaudhuri, Paperback, ISBN-13: 978-1906165017, Peter Lang Oxford, 2008, Required OTHER REQUIRED MATERIALS: 1. Readings posted on The University of Texas at Austin's "Blackboard" 2. 2-4 Films: including Pather Panchali and Mother India (others to be announced)