ENGL 4406 Literary & Religious Traditions of India (Spring: 3 )
India is home to some of the oldest and most vibrant religious and spiritual traditions in the world, including Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, and Zoroastrianism. This religious plurality has generated a highly syncretic society, hosting a variety of discourses on the most basic questions of humanity articulated through ritual, mythology, art, and festivals. In this course we will read a variety of texts: mythology, folklore, modern fiction, as well as accounts by western travellers on the place of the sacred in India in order to understand how religious belief impacts social and political life in India today.
Instructor(s): Kalpana Seshadri
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Last Updated: 16-Dec-14