Spring 2016 not offered
|Certificates: South Asia Studies|
Mohandas K. Gandhi's life has been the subject of enormous historical, philosophical, and artistic reflection. "The Mahatma" continues to be a touchstone for religious activists, political theorists, and social reformers. In this sophomore seminar, we will seek to understand the man himself, his transition from Mohandas to Mahatma, and the history that surrounded him. We will learn in the process about the historian's craft, including how to find sources, use a library, and build an argument.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
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M.K. Gandhi, AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY: THE STORY OF MY EXPERIMENTS WITH TRUTH (Beacon, 1993)
Anthony Parel, ed., HIND SWARAJ AND OTHER WRITINGS (Cambridge, 2009)
Elleke Boehmer, ed., EMPIRE WRITING (Oxford, 2009)
Ashis Nandy, THE INTIMATE ENEMY (Oxford, 2010)
Leo Tolstoy, LAST STEPS: THE LATE WRITINGS OF LEO TOLSTOY (Penguin, 2009)
Dennis Dalton, MAHATMA GANDHI: NONVIOLENT POWER IN ACTION
TRANSCENDENTALISM: ESSENTIAL ESSAYS OF EMERSON & THOREAU (Prestwick House, 2008)
Rabindranath Tagore, THE HOME AND THE WORLD (Penguin, 2005)
and selected articles and handouts
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Three reading responses (2 pages each); midterm research project; final paper based on primary sources and shaped by an understanding of relevant secondary sources; and active class participation.
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Students are expected to attend every class and come prepared to participate in the discussion. Reading should be completed before each class meeting and will be used as the basis for discussion.
This course counts toward the South Asian Studies certificate as a "Historical Inquiry" course.
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