Jun 02, 2020  
2018-2019 Caspersen School of Graduate Studies 
    
2018-2019 Caspersen School of Graduate Studies [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ARGS 830 - India in Literature, Religion and Art–Classical to Modern

3 credits
This course introduces students to India’s rich religiously-inspired artistic heritage, focusing on classical and medieval foundations in literature and art with some consideration of their expressions in modern art. We read key texts in Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam, and explore their representation in sculpture, monument, and painting. The challenge of the course is to complicate our understanding of the relationships between the two major avenues of historical record that are available to us: Classical literature and classical art. Does literature: Describe art?  Philosophize art? Provide a sequential context for art? Other ideas? Does art: Illustrate literature? Symbolically represent literature? Embody literature? Other ideas? In exploring their dynamic interaction, we take into consideration the respective properties of each medium, including literature’s unfolding of story over the time it takes to read, while art favors an immediate visual impact. We also explore contextual issues in Indian history, aesthetics, mode of production and authorship. 



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