ASIAN 280 - Topics in Asian Studies
Section: 004 Introduction to Modern Indian Society and Culture
Term: FA 2010
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
Course Note:
Provides an opportunity for non-specialists to explore a particular area of Asian culture. It aims to give beginning students a background for the study of Asian topics, as well as special insights into the (literary) traditions, philosophies, and beliefs of different peoples within Asia.
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Other:
WorldLit
Waitlist Capacity:
99
Repeatability:
May be elected twice for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Culture has been a contested site in South Asia. Modern claims about identity, statehood, representation, and rights in South Asia are made by appealing to the notion of age-old cultures and traditions. This course proposes to examine the modern history of culture in the region. We will pay particular attention to the manner in which “culture” is constituted in the region in the colonial period, specifically how it built upon, or was different from, pre-colonial social relations. We will focus on primarily three interrelated themes, tracing their transformations from the pre-modern to the modern: religion, gender, and caste. How were notions of Hindu and Muslim religious identities, caste and outcaste, and ideal Indian women forged in the modern period? What were the representative voices in the articulation culture? How were inclusions and exclusions built into these discourses?

The course aims to familiarize students with primary texts across the times, including scriptures, epics, religious literature, speeches, newspaper reportage, treatises, and pamphlets, that are representative of their genre or have had a lasting influence on the culture and society of the subcontinent as it is now.

  • Regular Attendance and Participation: 15% of grade
  • Mid-Term Exam: 25% of grade
  • End-Term Exam: 30% of grade
  • In-class Quizzes: 15% of the grade
  • Book/Film Review: 15% of the grade

ASIAN 280 - Topics in Asian Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
41507
Open
3
 
-
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (SEM)
P
41509
Open
1
 
-
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
003 (SEM)
P
44942
Open
6
 
-
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
004 (SEM)
P
46733
Closed
0
 
-
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
005 (SEM)
P
49382
Open
9
 
-
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.


ISBN: 0143039679
The Ramayana, Author: R. K. Narayan, Publisher: Penguin Classics 2006
Required
ISBN: 9780195623888
Samskara : a rite for a dead man, Author: Anantha Murthy, Udipi R., Publisher: Oxford Univ. Press 2006
Required
ISBN: 0374525919
The idea of India, Author: Sunil Khilnani., Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux 1st pbk-ed 1999
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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