MANY RAMAYANAS: TRADITION AND DIVERSITY IN MODERN INDIA
Session
Academic Term
Class Number
28307
Career
Undergraduate
Dates
1/19/2021 - 4/23/2021
Units
3 units
Grading
LG/SNC Elective Basis
Description
This course will introduce you to the great Hindu epic, the Ramayana, a blue-print for daily living in India. Although composed two millennia ago, the remarkable fluidity of the story has resulted in literally hundreds of Ramayanas, as it continues to be retold and reimagined while moving across space and time. Within the Ramayana itself there are many controversial episodes; among these the two most important are Sita's trial-by-fire and her subsequent banishment by her husband, Rama, and Rama's mutilation of Shurpanakha as punishment for the latter's bold romantic and sexual overtures. These incidents are of great import because the faithful and loyal Sita is the "Ideal Indian woman" in popular imagination even today. More significant is the fact that authors and commentators continue to use both these characters to address modern issues relating to gender inequality. The Ramayana is thus a rich source of information not just in literary terms, although its defining characteristic, its fluidity, is under threat, with groups on the ultraright attempting to dictate the "correct" version , but also in political, social and religious terms. This course will thus take a multi-disciplinary role in exploring the richness of what modern scholars have come to call the Ramayana tradition, and its role in India today; we will study its implications for women, its reception in South India, and its role in the rising tide of Indian nationalism, while eventually questioning whether its characteristic fluidity is at threat by those who insist on only one "pure" version.
Class Attributes
DSAS Geographic Region General Ed. Requirement
SCI Polymathic Contexts: Global&Cross Cul GE. Req.
Class Notes
The planned operational modality for this class is REMOTE. For more information please visit http://www.provost.pitt.edu/students/student-success-flexpitt/flex-pitt-guarded-risk-posture-all-students-remote/
Class Details
Instructor(s)
Vibha Shetiya
Meets
MoWe 1:15PM - 2:30PM
Meeting Dates
01/19/2021 - 04/23/2021
Room
WEB Based Class
Campus
Pittsburgh Campus
Location
Pittsburgh Campus
Components
Lecture Required
Textbooks/Materials
Textbooks to be determined
Class Availability
Status
Closed
Seats Taken
20
Seats Open
0
Class Capacity
20
Unrestricted Seats
0
Restricted Seats
0
Wait List Total
0
Wait List Capacity
20