India's Great Epics: The Mahabharata and the Ramayana
General Catalog Course Title:
India's Great Epics
Terms Offered:
Spring 2014
Spring 2013
Spring 2011


The course entails substantial selected readings from the great Sanskirt epic poems--the Mahabharata and the Ramayana in translation, selected readings from the corpus of secondary literature on Indian epic studies as well as lectures on salient issues in both. Discussion will focus on a variety of historical and theoretical approaches to the study of the poems and their extraordinary influence on Indian culture. Readings will be supplemented with selected showings of popular cinematic and television versions of the epics.


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