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

Spring 2009

ANS 372 • Gender/Sex/Family in Indian Religion/Culture-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
30540 MWF
9:00 AM-10:00 AM
GAR 0.132

Course Description

This course will provide you with a comprehensive historical overview of gender issues as they are represented in the great textual traditions of South Asia (these categories include Vedic materials, medical literature, treatises on law and sexual behavior, and texts that outline the great debates over questions of gender identity and salvation preserved for us in certain Jaina and Buddhist materials). To make these classical texts more relevant, readings in recent anthropological studies of religion will also be included to enable you to trace recurring themes, images, and symbols. You will thereby gain a sense of continuity of traditions and attitudes as well as generative innovations and contemporary variants and divergences within them. We will begin with a study of the Vedas, the oldest extant texts produced by Indo-

Grading Policy

2 short reaction papers (3-5 pages): 20% 1 research paper (15-20 pages): 30% 2 take-home essay exams: 50%


Reddy, Gayatri. With Respect to Sex: Negotiating Hijra Identity in South India. Chicago. Jamison, Stephanie W. Sacrificed Wife/Sacrificer's Wife: Women, Ritual, and Hospitality in Ancient India. Oxford. Kakar, Sudhir. Intimate Relations: Exploring Indian Sexuality. Chicago. Vatsyayana. The Kmasktra of Vatsyayana (Doniger trans.). Oxford. Trawick, Margaret. Notes on Love in a Tamil Family. California. Menon, Nivedita. Recovering Subversion: Feminist Politics Beyond the Law. Illinois. Course packet of additional readings.


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