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

Fall 2005

ANS 301M • Introduction to Devotional Literature of India

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
29072 MWF
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
GRG 424

Course Description

This course will examine devotional literature in South Asia from before the Christian era through to the twentieth century. This course will concentrate on literature from five of the major religious traditions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Sikhism and Jainism. The students will read devotional literature in translation from variety of regions and languages, particularly translations from Sanskrit, Pali, Hindi, Kannada and Tamil. In addition to reading and discussing the primary source material, the students will also analyze how these bodies of literature have been perceived outside of South Asia. This course is designed to introduce the students to a major aspect of South Asian religious traditions. No prior knowledge is required. The students will take three in-class exams and engage in discussion.


J.S. Hawley and Mark Juergensmeyer, Songs of the Saints of India A.K. Ramanujan, Speaking of Siva Paula Richman, Extraordinary child : poems from a South Indian devotional genre


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