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Semester and Year Offered: Winter semester 2018
Course Coordinator and Team: Diamond Oberoi Vahali
Email of course coordinator: diamond[at]aud[dot]ac[dot]in
Pre-requisites: Interest in philosophical discourses and conceptual frameworks
Course Objectives/Description/Aim: This course involves encouraging researchers to engage with metaphors textual and/ or non-textual, to illustrate resonances of these concepts across cultures and traditions. Researchers would be encouraged to engage with the concepts from the Indian subcontinent and its neighbours and place them critically beside ideas and narratives available from other traditions. They will also be encouraged to develop an understanding of histories and cultures of Asia. In the process this course will promote a dialogue with texts which illustrate and engage with the concepts significant to the research. Some of the concepts the researcher would be expected to engage with, through class discussions, assignments, presentations, workshops, projects and group activities, are as follows:
On the successful completion of the course:
Brief description of modules/ Main modules:
Module I: Rethinking Literary Historiography across the Indian subcontinent
Devy, G.N. “History and Literary History”. The G.N. Devy Reader. New Delhi: Orient Blackswan, 2009.
Devy, G.N. “The Conventions of Literary History”. The G.N. Devy Reader. New Delhi: Orient Blackswan, 2009.
Mukherjee, Sujit. “Propositions”. Cultural Diversity, Linguistic Plurality and Literary
Traditions in India.
Satchidanandan, K. “Reflections: The Making of Indian Literature: The Need for Alternative Genealogies”. Indian Literature. Vol. 37, No. 3 (161) (May-June, 1994), pp. 5-7. Sahitya Akademi. https://www.jstor.org/stable/23337338
Module 2: Crosscurrents of Mystical and Mythic traditions across Asia: The Ramayana tradition, the Krishna cult, the Sufi/Bhakti tradition, the Panchtantra tradition, the Kabir tradition.
Ramanujan. A. K. “Three Hundred Ramayanas: Five Examples and Three Thoughts on Translation.” The Collected Essays of A.K. Ramanujan. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2004.
Kakar, Sudhir. “Cults and Myths of Krishna.” The Inner World : A Psychoanalytic study of Childhood and Society in India. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2012.
Satyanath, T. “Understanding South Asia: South-East Asian Cultural Contacts: An Alternative Perspective”.
Das, Sisir Kumar. “The Mad Lover”, Indian Literature, vol. XLVII, no. 215, no. 3, May-June 2003, Sahitya Akdemi, New Delhi, pp. 149-78.
Virmani, Shabnam. dir. Had-Anhad . 2008.
Module 3: Conceptualising Love
Gill, Harjeet Singh. “The Cosmology of Heer Waris”. The Semiotics of Conceptual Structures. New Delhi: Bahri Publications, 1996.
Shah, Waris. Heer Ranjha. Trans. Muhammad Munawar Butt. Charleston: CreateSpace, 2013.
Makhija, Anju and Hari Dilgir (trans). “Sasui Punhoon”. Shah Abdul Latif: Seeking the Beloved. New Delhi: Katha, 2005.
Rumi: “This is Love”
Baul Song “I am the Boat”
Module 4: Understanding Death
Sogyal, Rinpoche, Patrick Gaffney, and Andrew Harvey. Ed. “The Bardo of Becoming”. The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. San Francisco, CA: Harper San Francisco, 2002.
Stryk, Lucien. “I Fear Nothing: A Note on the Zen Poetry of Death”. The Awakened Self: Encounters with Zen. New York: Kodansha International, 1995.
Smith, Jane Idleman and Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad. The Islamic Understanding of Death
and Resurrection. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2002.
Module 5: Philosophical discourses across Asia: Buddhism, Zen, Tiep Hein and Tao.
This module will look at concepts related to Self, Humility, Void, Nothingness, Impermanence and Compassion through the philosophical traditions in Asia.
Hanh, Thich Nhat. “Interbeing”. Understanding Our Mind. New Delhi: HarperCollins, 2008.
Hanh, Thich Nhat. “Mindfulness”. Understanding Our Mind. New Delhi: HarperCollins, 2008.
Tiep Hien: The 14 Mindfulness Trainings of Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing
The Simple Way of Lao Tsze. Delhi: Book Faith India, 1999.
Stryk, Lucien. “Buddhism and Modern Man”. The Awakened Self: Encounters with Zen. New York: Kodansha International: 1995.
Bullah Shah, Kafi No 7, tr. K. S. Duggal, in Medieval Indian Literature, Vol. 3, Ayyappa Paniker, gen,ed., Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi, 1996, p. 1066.
Tentative Assessment schedule with details of weightage: Class participation must reflect a deep engagement with the course. The students are expected to read all the readings in great depth, they are expected to be punctual and regular. The term paper must open up a new literary paradigm or a conceptual or philosophical framework across Asia which has not been discussed in the class.
Date/period in which Assessment will take place
Throughout the semester
5 Short Assignments
Continuous throughout the semester
50% (10% each)
End Semester Term Paper and presentation
Reading List: The list is included in the main modules