R S 312 • Intro to Devotnl Lit of India
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
This course will examine devotional literature of South Asia from before the Christian era through 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. The 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.
Three in-class exams: 90% (30% each) Attendance/participation: 10%
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