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Heidi R. Pauwels
RELIG 490
Seattle Campus

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Class description

The topic of this course is the devotional literature of “medieval” India (South Asia), covering the period from the middle of the second millennium CE through today, focusing on the so-called bhakti literature. During the course some of the most influential works of the Indian devotional tradition will be read and discussed in their cultural context, with an eye especially to how these texts are interpreted and used in contemporary art, religion, and politics. These include the South as well as North Indian devotional works in a variety of Indian languages. Although the works covered in the course were originally composed in Indian languages, they will be read in English translation. No knowledge of an Indian language is presupposed.

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General method of instruction

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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.
Last Update by Loryn Hazan Paxton
Date: 04/30/2007