Comparative Literature | Medieval Devotional Literatures of India
C301 | 25174 | Prof. Rebecca Manring


Department of Comparative Literature Spring 2007

CMLT-C 301 (25174)
CMLT-C 645 (25175)
REL-R 352, INST-I 371 and I 571

Medieval Devotional Literatures of India
(in translation)
Prof. Rebecca Manring             TR 2:30-3:45

**This course satisfies A&H, CSA, and IW requirements

This course will be a survey of medieval Indian devotional
literatures with reference to the various cultural milieus in which
they were produced and their impact on and importance for
contemporary Indian cultures.

The term 'medieval' with reference to Indian literature covers a
much longer period than it does in Europe, ranging by some accounts
from the 6th century into the early sixteenth.  In this course we
will read some of the earliest devotional Hindu literature, from
South India; the northern poems of the Krishna-devotional
traditions; and some Indian Sufi materials.  Students will work with
the best available translations of these works, and those (graduate
students) who possess the necessary skills are strongly encouraged
to read materials in their original languages.  We will determine
the role of social class in the devotional traditions and see what
sorts of ethics dominate the discourse.  And we will explore the use
of various tropes in the devotional context with attention given to
why seemingly transgressive material has become so widely accepted
and loved.