This course is designed as a general introduction to the theory and practice of Indian aesthetics.
The class provides two things: 1) a historiographic survey of the most influential authors, works, and theories; and 2) a narrative account of the major debates and disputes that led to specific evolutions of doctrine and practice.
Students will be introduced to different styles of scholarship and different methods of analysis current in South Asian studies. The aim is to familiarise students with topics of ongoing debate and to provide them with tools to meaningfully engage with newly emerging literature.
Course Schedule and Evaluation
The course involves regular reading of assigned work and participation in the group discussions.
Evaluation is based on discussion and contextualization of the assigned readings (40%), one response paper to the discussions of the readings (30%), and homework (30%).