RLG472H1: Religion and Aesthetics in South Asia

Hours: 
24S

Religion and aesthetics are sometimes constructed as separate categories, but in South Asia religion is not often conceptually distinct from an autonomous sphere of aesthetic reflection. In conversation with recent sociological, anthropological, and philosophical writings, we will explore this issue through careful study of a variety of Sanskrit sources: the epics, Abhinavaguptas commentary on the Natya Sastra, Vaisnava, Saiva, and Jaina appropriations of Sanskrit aesthetics and courtly poetry, and the works of Rabindranath Tagore. Students are encouraged to work with sources in the primary languages, although materials will also be provided in translation.

Prerequisite: 

RLG205Y; Permission of Instructor

Distribution Requirements: 
Humanities
Breadth Requirements: 
Creative and Cultural Representations (1)