Constructions and Re-Constructions of Buddhism|
Is Buddhism a philosophy? A mind science? An ancient mystical path? A modern construct? This seminar will evaluate a variety of answers to these questions by exploring how Buddhism has been understood in colonial and post-colonial periods. Our primary-source materials range from Orientalist poetry to Zen essays to Insight Meditation manuals to 21st-century films to contemporary academic critiques. We will examine the shape Buddhism takes in these works and turn to recent scholarship to discuss how romantic, imperialist, anti-modern, nationalist, therapeutic, and scientific frames depict one of today's most popular religions.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-MN)(RELI-MN)(RELI)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
D.T. Suzuki, ESSAYS IN ZEN BUDDHISM (1927); Jack Kerouac, ON THE ROAD (1957); Donald Lopez, PRISONERS OF SHANGRI-LA (1998); Judith Snodgrass, PRESENTING JAPANESE BUDDHISM TO THE WEST (2003); Ajaan Chah, A STILL FOREST POOL (2004); David McMahan, THE MAKING OF BUDDHISM MODERNISM (2008).
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Weekly discussion questions posted to course blog; 2 short book/film reviews; 1 in-class presentation; final research paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills the "Historical Traditions" OR "Thematic Approach" requirement for the Religion Department major.
|Instructor(s): Kaloyanides,Alexandra Katherine Times: .M.W... 02:40PM-04:00PM; Location: WYL115; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 19||SR major: 4||JR major: 4|| || |
|Seats Available: 0||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 1||JR non-major: 1||SO: 5||FR: 4|
|Drop/Add Enrollment Requests|
|Total Submitted Requests: 5||1st Ranked: 1||2nd Ranked: 0||3rd Ranked: 0||4th Ranked: 0||Unranked: 4|