Course Details

Course offered Spring 2017

HONORS 212 B: Many Rāmāyanas (A&H, DIV)

HONORS 212 B: Many Rāmāyanas (A&H, DIV)

SLN 14934 (View UW registration info »)

Heidi Pauwels (Asian Languages and Literature)

Credits: 5
Limit: 25 students

Honors Credit Type

The story of Rāma or Rāmāyana, has through the centuries influenced not only religious and moral but also cultural, social and political life in south and southeast Asia. The classical version of the story is often seen to be the Sanskrit epic attributed to Vālmīki, commonly said to be compiled from the second century BC till the second century CE. However, proof of the popularity of the story are its innumerable retellings not only in Sanskrit but also in local languages, some of which have become regional classics in their own right. Its remarkable persistence is clear from recent transformations in the form of comic book, film, and television versions. In this course, we will compare different versions (mainly south Asian) of the Råmåyaˆa, including the widely popular television version. We will concentrate on some of the most famous and controversial passages, with special attention to gender issues.