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The Mahābhārata I

Aimed at intermediate and advanced students, this course provides a comprehensive overview of Mahābhārata scholarship, including textual and historical issues with the critical edition. Thereafter, we shall explore the history/myth distinction for the Mahābhārata which will allow us to appreciate the text as a dharmaśāstra and a mokṣaśāstra and as an art-work.

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Course Code: TAT 7201

Credit Hours: 3

Course Level: 700

Aimed at intermediate and advanced students, this course provides a comprehensive overview of Mahābhārata scholarship, including textual and historical issues with the critical edition. Thereafter, we shall explore the history/myth distinction for the Mahābhārata which will allow us to appreciate the text as a dharmaśāstra and a mokṣaśāstra and as an art-work.

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Description

Thorough knowledge of the extent and divisions of the Mahābhārata; its different editions; and reading and working with its critical edition. This course will also prepare students to read the Mahābhārata thoughtfully, using the tools of philosophy, logical inquiry, hermeneutics, and poetic theory. Students will learn to locate the Mahābhārata within a textual tradition extending backwards into the Vedic Saṃhitās and forward into the Purāṇas and Āgamas. They will also develop an appreciation for why, even today, this text continues to be foundational for the living tradition of Hinduism.

Areas of Study: Text and Traditions

Required/ Elective: Elective

Prerequisites: Admission into a Program of Study

Instructor: Dr. Vishwa Adluri

 

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