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Michael Stoff, Director 305 East 23rd St, CLA 2.102, (G3600) Austin, TX 78712-1250 • 512-471-1442

Spring 2005

T C 301 • India and the West—W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
41040 MWF
12:00 PM-1:00 PM
CRD 007A

Course Description

This course is an introduction to India—its culture, history, philosophy, religions, and traditions. After an overview of Indian history and religion—India is the home of Hinduism and Buddhism, and Islam is a major religion in South Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka)—we will study Vedic concepts such as dharma, karma, ahimsa, and maya, as well as social structures such as caste, the family, gender issues, and the village. We also will discuss problems of the “second generation” South Asian American. We will study the interaction between the British and the people of India culminating in the Indian struggle for independence. Other topics briefly touched on will be art and architecture of the region, cuisine, music, and yoga. A thread running through the course is the transmission of Indian ideas to the West, in particular the influence of Mahatma Gandhi in the areas of non–violence and passive resistance.

About the Professor Professor King has degrees in mathematics, German literature, and linguistics. He regularly teaches courses on linguistics, India, and Jewish Studies, and a Freshman Seminar on espionage. He first went to India in 1963 and has returned many times since. He has written articles on current events in India, on Karl Marx and India, on the Indian mathematician Ramanujan, and on language and language politics in India. His book Nehru and the Language Politics of India was published by Oxford University Press in 1996. It combines most of his current research interests: how language interacts with culture, religion, nationalism, and politics, especially in India.

Grading Policy

This course contains a substantial writing component. There will be three written papers and an examination. Participation in class discussions and the organized class debates is important. Class attendance is mandatory. Three written papers: 60% One examination: 10% Class participation: 30%


E.M. Forster, A Passage to India Stanley Wolpert, India Rudyard Kipling, Kim Selected Readings on India (course packet available at Speedway Copying)


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