Heidi R. Pauwels
Introduction to the literature of one or more Asian traditions considered in its cultural context. Content varies depending on the specialization and interest of instructor. Texts in English translation.
SPECIAL TOPIC: Indian Mythology This course provides an overview of Indian mythology from the Vedic period to present, with focus on contemporary interpretations of Indian mythology. It looks at the historical context of different retellings of the most important Hindu myths, including crossovers with Buddhism, Jainism and Islam. We will be studying Vedic, epic, Puranic, vernacular, as well as popular culture adaptations of stories about gods and men from the Indian subcontinent. Sources are translations of core texts as well as audio-visual material and comic strips. The course will discuss socio-political adaptations of myths including their internet and advertisement avatars.
Student learning goals
Overview most influential Indian mythology
Appreciations of major scholarly approaches to studying mythology
Understanding complexity of socio-political agendas of use of myth in popular culture
Taking effective class lecture and reading notes (portfolio)
Formulating and applying interpretations of mythology to new myths (paper + presentation)
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading
Final portfolio including lecture, reading and discussion notes presentation on Indian myth of choice, applying methodology learned final paper on myth interpretation