Visual Worlds of Himalayan Religions|
How do Tibetan Buddhists look at religious images? What do pilgrims in Nepal see when faced with sacred monuments? Why do devotees in Bhutan display erotic caricatures in public? This seminar will explore the ubiquitous role of images and imagining in the religious traditions of the Himalayan region. Readings and viewings will examine the painting, sculpture, architecture, and performing arts of the Himalaya (including Tibet, Nepal, north India, and Bhutan), placing them in the context of local religious beliefs, ritual practices, and literary canons. The seminar aims to understand how Himalayan cultures produce religious images and the ways of seeing that invest them with meaning. Classes will address specific modes of visual representation, the relationships between text and image, and the social lives of images, as well as processes of reading and interpretation. Particular attention will be paid to representations of Buddha Sakyamuni and visual expressions of his life.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (RELI-MN)(RELI)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 75% - 89%
|SECTION 01 In-person only|
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Morgan, David. THE SACRED GAZE (University of California, 2005) ISBN 9780520243064
Recommended: Gethin, Rupert, FOUNDATIONS OF BUDDHISM (Oxford, 1998) ISBN 9780192892232
Selection of primary and secondary readings available on Moodle.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Weekly short responses on readings and viewings
1 short essay
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills both the Historical Traditions and Method & Theory requirements for the Religion Major.
|Instructor(s): Quintman,Andrew H Times: .M.W... 01:20PM-02:40PM; Location: DWNY100; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 18||SR major: 3||JR major: 3|| || |
|Seats Available: 2||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 3||JR non-major: 3||SO: 6||FR: 0|
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