ASIAN 308 - Arts and Ideas of Modern South and Southeast Asia
Section: 001
Term: FA 2008
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
Requirements & Distribution:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

South and Southeast Asia historically have produced some of the world's most highly evolved, diverse and richly complex civilizations. In the twentieth century the countries of this region have been greatly influenced by the ideas, technology and political power of the West. How have these countries re-conceptualized their cultures, accommodating to or rejecting Western views? This course examines the aesthetic responses of twentieth century writers, musicians, and dancers as they come into contact with Western ideas. A second theme involves the racial/ethnic issues in these societies. These two issues comprise the major concerns that peoples in these societies have had to face in the 20th century, as they struggled to rid their countries of colonial domination and as they worked to create nations that embodied a variety of ethnic/racial groups. This course will focus primarily on India, Thailand and Indonesia. Introductory lectures and films on South and Southeast Asian history and culture will be followed by in-depth discussion of novels and short stories written by South and Southeast Asians: Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things, Botan’s Letters from Thailand, Pramoedya Ananta Toeri’s novel This Earth of Mankind, and three forms of music: bharata natyam (the foremost classical dance from India), Javanese gamelan music of drums and gongs, and the Thai Las Vegas-style variety show called luk thung.
This course is open to non-RC students as well as RC students.

ASIAN 308 - Arts and Ideas of Modern South and Southeast Asia
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001 (SEM)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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