12:00 PM to 01:15 PM T
Thompson Hall - Hybrid
Section Information for Fall 2020
Welcome to the Ramayana: one of the most influential poetic epics in all of Asian literature. Described aptly by some scholars as “haunting,” it has enchanted, puzzled, delighted and disturbed audiences for thousands of years. In this course, while reading translations from Valmiki’s Sanskrit Ramayana as a kind of baseline, we’ll keep in mind the idea that the story is always already multiple, both in the many, many versions it exists in, and in the ways it can and has been read—as poem, as religious or philosophical manifesto, as political analysis, etc. The Ramayana might read to you as a baffling tragedy, or as a complex exploration of ethics; or simply as a pure, wild subliminal fantasy. Our main work over the semester will be to plunge into the various world of this epic, slowly get used to it, learn to enjoy it and find ways to talk about it. By the end of the course, you'll also get a chance to produce your own creative work inspired by something in the epic!
ENGH 316-001 is distance-learning course with one synchronous meeting per week. Students should expect to be online during the scheduled meeting time.