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Mahābhārata VI: Methods and Scholarship

This course is the sixth of a 6-part Course Sequence that explores the great epic of India, The Mahābhārata.

This final module covers the history of Mahābhārata scholarship. We will discuss historical issues such as the likelihood of historical war, the identification and dating of this war, and the contrast between the history within the text, on the one hand, and the history of the text and its reception, on the other. We will study the creation of the critical edition of the Mahābhārata, and what the completion of this edition reveals about the transmission of the epic. Topics to be covered include historical criticism, higher and lower criticism, textual criticism, the principles of reconstruction, and how to use the edition, including its critical apparatus and appendices.

$900.00

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Course Code: TAT 7206

Credit Hours: 3

Course Level: 700

$900.00

This course is the sixth of a 6-part Course Sequence that explores the great epic of India, The Mahābhārata.

This final module covers the history of Mahābhārata scholarship. We will discuss historical issues such as the likelihood of historical war, the identification and dating of this war, and the contrast between the history within the text, on the one hand, and the history of the text and its reception, on the other. We will study the creation of the critical edition of the Mahābhārata, and what the completion of this edition reveals about the transmission of the epic. Topics to be covered include historical criticism, higher and lower criticism, textual criticism, the principles of reconstruction, and how to use the edition, including its critical apparatus and appendices.

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This module will prepare students to engage actively and critically with Western views of the epic and the latest scholarship on the basis of the philosophical interpretation developed in the previous modules. We will evaluate the views of Western scholars—in particular, the prejudice that the Mahābhārata is a badly composed text, a “literary nonsense” (Winternitz) or a “monstrous chaos” (Oldenberg), and that it is an amalgamation of an older heroic oral bardic epic and Brahmanic philosophical, ritualistic, and didactic elements (the so-called “pseudo-epic” according to Hopkins). Finally, this module will introduce students to concepts in narratology and the question of authorship: Who is the enigmatic author called “Vyāsa”?

Areas of Study: Text and Traditions

Required/ Elective: Required

Prerequisites: Must have completed Orientation to Hindu Studies or Completed Orientation to Hindu Studies

Instructor: Dr. Vishwa Adluri

Day:- Every Saturday

Start Date:- 9 January 2021

End Date:-  20 March 2021

Time:- 10:00 am EST – 01:00  pm EST.

Quarter: Summer 2021

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