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Heidi R. Pauwels
ASIAN 207
Seattle Campus

Special Topics in Literature and Culture of Asia

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.

Class description

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

Lecture Discussion

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites

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


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Additional Information
Last Update by Heidi R. Pauwels
Date: 09/08/2010