Department of Asian Studies
Department of Asian Studies

ANS 301M • Introduction To Buddhism

32510 • Freiberger, Oliver
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM UTC 3.122
GC (also listed as R S 312C)
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This course examines the history of Buddhism by tracing the development of its various schools, doctrines, and religious practices in Asia and beyond. We will explore the historical background against which it arose in India, and study traditional views of the life of the Buddha, the early teachings, and the structure of the Buddhist community of monastics and laypeople. We will examine the growth of Buddhism in India, the development of Theravāda Buddhism and its spread into South East Asia. The emergence of Mahāyāna Buddhism in India and its spread into Central Asia and East Asia will be covered as well as the development of Vajrayāna Buddhism in Tibet. We will then examine the 19th century movement of Buddhist modernism in Sri Lanka and its relations to the Western world. This will be the basis for eventually exploring the various ways Buddhism came to Europe and America and examining the new forms and ideas it developed here.


1. C.S. Prebish, D. Keown. Introducing Buddhism. 2 nd ed. New York: Routledge, 2009. [OR: C.S. Prebish, D. Keown. Buddhism – the eBook. 4 th ed. See (or through PCL).]

2. J.S. Strong. The Experience of Buddhism. 3rd ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, 2008.


  • Attendance/participation: 20%
  • Three quizzes: 30% (10% each)
  • Oral presentation or site visit report: 20%
  • Final exam: 30%

ANS 301M • Korean Literature And Film

32500 • Oxenford, Shelby
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM UTC 3.134
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This course explores the literature and film of Korea from earliest times to the present. In the first part of the class, we will examine the relationship between literary writings and the religious, spiritual, and political life of premodern Korea. We will consider what “tradition” is, how it is created and maintained, what is included in and excluded from this category, and why. Throughout our discussions and readings, we will consider questions of why read “the classics,” why do the classics matter still, today, and how do modern and contemporary works reinterpret and retell old stories. The second part of the course will then take up these questions to explore the literature and film of modern Korea at the beginning of the twentieth century until the present. We will examine what makes “the modern” modern, and the manner in which Korean authors and directors have responded to the challenges of the 20th and 21st centuries, including colonization, modernization, love, gender and the role of the family, war, reconstruction, and rapid industrialization.

The course will focus on developing techniques of close reading and interpretation of texts and film. All readings will be in English, all films with English subtitles. No prior knowledge of Korea or Korean is presumed or required.

ANS 301M • Mahabharata: Epic Of India

32503 • Kanamarlapudi, Sravani
Meets MW 10:00AM-11:30AM PAR 206
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This course will introduce students to the great Indian epic Mahābhārata and arguably the most influential Hindu text, the Bhagavad Gītā, which forms a part of the Mahābhārata. The central focus of the course will be on directly engaging with primary sources as available in scholarly translations. We will explore several interesting themes in the epic’s narrative, analyze how the narrative elements impact our interpretation of the epic, and evaluate how the Bhagavad Gītā’s message fits within the unfolding narrative of the epic. Alongside the “original” Mahābhārata, students will also be exposed to various retellings and adaptations of the epic. In addition, we will explore some of the prominent theoretical and interpretive approaches that scholars have employed to study the Mahābhārata.

ANS 301M • War And Art In East Asia

32504 • Kuehl, Michael
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM JES A303A
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Course Description:

This course examines East Asian art produced in response to the Japanese Empire’s wars in the 1930s and 40s. Our texts will include novels, poetry, paintings, graphic novels, and documentary/feature films. These works will span those created in the midst of these conflicts to ones still being produced today. Our primary focus will be on Japanese artists’ own responses to these conflicts then and now, but we will also consider texts from Korea, China, and Taiwan, as well as the West. We will ground our analysis in a historical contextualization of these nations and periods as we develop skills to think and discuss critically about art’s role in the conceptualization of war and its aftermath. Through examining the varied artistic representations of war experiences, including politically contentious topics such as war responsibility and comfort women, we will see how artists have approached a period of history that still looms over East Asia.


Soldiers Alive- Ishikawa Tatsuzō
Harp of Burma – Takeyama Michio The Stones Cry Out – Okuizumi Hikaru The Stolen Bicycle: Wu Ming-yi
Grass - Keum Suk Gendry-Kim
Love in a Fallen City – Eileen Chang Lust Caution – Eileen Chang


  • Participation – 10%
  • Pop Quizzes- 20%
  • Exams – 50%
    Final Project – 20%

ANS 301M • Yoga Past And Present

32505 • Gutierrez, Andrea
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM MEZ B0.306
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This course will survey early yogic practices in South Asian civilization and trace the development of yogic thought and embodied practices in Hindu, Buddhist, and tantric traditions. We shall consider the claims that yoga texts and masters have made, including assertions of magical powers, isolating in one’s true self or being, heightened states of consciousness, union with divine energy, channeling sexual powers, and liberation from entrapment in the cycle of life in our material world. We will rigorously examine defenses, contradictions, and criticisms of the yoga tradition. The course will incorporate a practicum for students in both asana and meditation along with a written component. We will round out the course by analyzing recent political and social controversies involving yoga in order to contextualize the present-day situation of yoga as a global phenomenon.

Proposed readings:

White, “Yoga, Brief History of an Idea”

Yoga: Discipline of Freedom: The Yoga Sutra Attributed to Patanjali, Barbara Stoler Miller, tran. (Bantam Reprint, 1998)

selections from Stephen Phillips, Yoga, Karma, and Rebirth: A Brief History and Philosophy (Columbia Uni Press, 2009); incl., from Ch. 2: “Yogic Self-Monitoring,” pp. 41-50, “Yoga on Philosophy’s Mind-Body Problem,” pp. 50-59, “Mind-Body Interactive Dualism,” pp. 59-67; “Powers: Holistic Health,” in Ch. 5, pp. 140-148; and his tran. of The Yoga Sutra, pp. 205-225

primary source selections from James Mallinson, Roots of Yoga (Penguin, 2017)

Andrea Jain, Peace Love Yoga: The Politics of Global Spirituality (Oxford, 2020)

Candy Brown, Debating Yoga and Mindfulness in Public Schools (UNC Press, 2019), a few chapters, incl. “Introduction: Secular and Religious” and Ch. 13: “Religion: Identifying and Explaining Religious Effects”

The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice, T K V Desikachar (Inner Traditions Intl, Rochester: Vermont, 1999), selections

The Bhagavad-Gita: Krishna's Counsel in Time of War, Barbara Stoler Miller, tran. Bantam Classics, 1986 (reissued).

Dalrymple, “Lady Twilight,” Short story based on interviews

Andrew J. Nicholson, “Is Yoga Hindu? On the Fuzziness of Religious Boundaries,” Common Knowledge 19:3, Duke Uni Press, 2013.

James Mallinson, “Haṭha Yoga,” Brill Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Vol. 3,
James Mallinson, “Yoga and Sex: What is the Purpose of Vajrolīmudrā?*” (Yoga in

Transformation conf. paper version)
“Tantra (Overview),” Shaman Hatley, Encyclopedia of Indian Religions, Hinduism and Tribal

Religions, 2020

excerpt from White, “Introduction: Tantra in Practice: Mapping a Tradition”

Required film viewings:

Kumare (“documentary,” 2011)

Breath of the Gods (documentary, 2012)

viewings: Oldest complex physical asana sculptures etc.


Grade Breakdown:

Journal Entries: 25%
In-class Contributions/Participation: 10%

Attendance: 10%

Practicum Assignment: 15%

Midterm Exam: 20%
Final Exam:  20%



ANS 301R • History Of Religions Of Asia

32515 • Lebarre, Evan
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM GEA 127
GC (also listed as R S 302)
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This course offers a survey of the major religious traditions of Asia (Hinduism, Buddhism in South and East Asia, Confucianism, Daoism, and Shinto). It focuses on the historical development of their beliefs, practices, rituals, and customs in social context. The course will combine lectures with class discussions on readings.

Course materials:

  1. Willard G. Oxtoby, Roy C. Amore, eds. World Religions: Eastern Traditions. 3rd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.
  2. R. K. Narayan, The Mahabharata: A Shortened Modern Prose Version of the Indian Epic. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2000.
  3. Zhuangzi: Basic Writings, translated by Burton Watson. New York: Columbia University Press, 2003.
  4. Readings provided as PDF files on CANVAS


  • Attendance/participation: 20%
  • Two quizzes: 20% (10% each)
  • Two short essays: 20% (10% each)
  • Midterm exam: 20%
  • Final exam: 20%

ANS 302C • Introduction To China

32520 • Waring, Luke
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM RLP 0.112
GC (also listed as HIS 302C)
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Understanding China—the world’s only other superpower—has never been more important. But China is a big place with a long past and a large population, and attempts to construct histories of China that are neat and linear seem increasingly forced. Depictions of China as politically unitary and culturally homogenous are hardly more convincing. China resists simplification; indeed, culturally, ethnically, and linguistically it is one of the most diverse places on the planet. In this course, we will study key moments and events in Chinese history and culture from Neolithic times to the present day, tracing the various ways in which China—as civilization, as empire, and as modern nation-state—has been continually reconstituted and reinvented over time. Despite what it is often said, or assumed, about China, we will see that this most open of empires was never truly closed-off from the outside world. By studying the most important events, figures, and ideas in Chinese history, we will come to understand how the different competing Chinas that co-exist today emerged from centuries—millennia, even—of shifting boundaries (geographic, political, cultural), porous borders, and complex interactions with other countries, cultures, and civilizations.

Prerequisites 2 This course is open to all students. All discussion and readings for this course will be in English; no prior knowledge of Chinese language, history, or culture is required. Students interested in non-western literature, religion, and cultural history are encouraged to pursue these lines of inquiry in this course.

Required readings All readings for this class will be made available on Canvas and/or UT Box, as appropriate. Any copyrighted material is provided in accordance with fair use doctrine and US copyright law and is not to be distributed to anyone not officially registered for this class (see also “Sharing of course materials” below). Students are responsible for printing, reading, and preparing (i.e., taking notes) all readings in advance of each class.


Grading This class will be graded on the plus/minus system, with final grades calculated on the following basis:

• Observation posts: 20%

• Test 1: 15% 4

• Test 2: 15%

• Test 3: 15%

• Test 4: 15%

• Final essay: 20%

ANS 320C • Genji/Godzilla Adaptn Jpn Clsc

32525 • Cather, Kirsten
Meets MW 1:00PM-2:30PM UTC 4.134
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We will focus on “classics” of Japanese literature, film, and theater that engendered countless adaptations over the years. Our texts will range from the eleventh-century The Tale of Genji to the 1954 B-movie Godzilla; from medieval Noh plays to contemporary manga (comic books) and anime (animated films). We will consider how and why modern artists repeatedly turn to the “classics" for creative inspiration. We will look at how the adaptation process has been influenced by a number of factors, including the cultural, political, and gendered identity of the artist, and how it has been shaped by differences in genre and medium. Our goal is to become familiar with a wide range of Japanese art, including premodern, modern, and contemporary legends, literature, film, and popular culture, and to learn to think, discuss, and write critically on the process of adaptation by considering not only content, but also form and socio-historical context. This class requires no background in Japanese language, film, or history. All literature will be read in translation and all films are subtitled in English. This course carries the Global Cultures flag. Global Cultures courses are designed to increase your familiarity with cultural groups outside the United States. You should therefore expect a substantial portion of your grade to come from assignments covering the practices, beliefs, and histories of at least one non-U.S. cultural group, past or present.

Required Texts/Course Materials:

1) The following book (** on schedule) is available for purchase at the Co-op: **ENCHI, Fumiko. Masks. Pub: Vintage Books. ISBN: 978-0394722184. You are welcome to purchase it from used bookstores or on-line instead, but be sure to get the same version (cross-check the ISBN #) so that we can all refer to the same page numbers for class discussions and papers.

2) Course Reader: Additional required readings (marked with -- below) are available for purchase at Jenn’s Copy Shop NORTH branch (2518 Guadalupe • • 512-482-0779). They are unbound so you can bring only the readings you need on a weekly basis, but you may opt to have them bound into a single volume if you wish.

3) A pack of 3”X5” index cards to be used for in-class pop quizzes and assignments. You must use a 3”x5” index card for these quizzes or they will not be graded.

4) Some of the films we will be seeing in class or at screenings (marked with a call # on the below schedule) are available for viewing at the reserve desk of the Fine Arts Library (3.200 DFA) under course reserves.

Grading Breakdown:

  • Pop quizzes, In-class individual and group exercises, Homework assignments 15%
  • Participation/Contribution 5%
  • Exams (3  total, 20% each) 60%
  • Final Creative Adaption  Project and Reflection Essay 20%

ANS 320D • Classcl Indian Lit In Trnsltn

32530 • Selby, Martha
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM GAR 0.120
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This writing-intensive course will provide the student with a comprehensive overview of narrative literature and poetry composed in the three classical languages of India (Old Tamil, Sanskrit, and Prakrit). We will begin with a study of aesthetic conventions. First, we will examine rasa theory as it is spelled out in the Sanskrit Natyashastra, and we will then move on to dhvani or “poetic resonance” as an analytical category described by the theoreticians Anandavardhana and Abhinavagupta. We will then read excerpts from the Tolkappiyam, the earliest extant Tamil text on phonetics, grammar, and poetry, paying special attention to the sections on poetic convention and generic taxonomies. This will give us the means to study poetry produced in India’s classical period. In tandem with our explorations of literary convention, we will read a wide variety of poems from various collections from the Sanskrit and Prakrit traditions, and will then read selections from the eight anthologies of classical Tamil that treat akam (romantic/erotic) and puram (heroic/ethical) themes. We will then move on to an exploration of epic and story literature from the Sanskrit and Tamil languages.


Hart, George L. and Hank Heifetz, ed. and trans. The Four Hundred Songs of War and Wisdom.
Ingalls, Daniel H. H., ed. and trans. Sanskrit Poetry from Vidyakara’s ‘Treasury.’ Narasimhan, Chakravarthi V. The Mahabharata: An English Version Based on Selected Verses.

Narayan, R. K. The Ramayana. Peterson, Indira Viswanathan. Design and Rhetoric in a Sanskrit Court Epic.
Ramanujan, A. K., ed. and trans. Poems of Love and War from the Eight Anthologies and the Ten Long Poems of Classical Tamil.

Selby, Martha Ann. Grow Long, Blessed Night: Love Poems from Classical India.
Van Buitenen, J. A. B., trans. Tales of Ancient India. Course packet of additional readings.


2 short interpretive essays (3-5 pages): 25%
1 research paper (15-20 pages): 25%
2 take-home essay exams (midterm and final): 50%

ANS 340D • Hist Of Hindu Relig Traditn

32545 • Maitra, Nabanjan
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM GAR 0.128
GC (also listed as ANT 322N, HIS 364C, R S 321)
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This course surveys the long and storied history of the religion now known as Hinduism, from the forgotten civilizations of the Indus Valley to the lively and robust traditions of the present day. As we move through the centuries, we will examine how legendary Hindu tales and doctrines continue to speak to each other in their own language, how they inform the lives of native speakers, and reward those who take the time to learn their language. By the end of this course, students will be able to identify key traditions, concepts, and personalities of the Hindu philosophical and mythological traditions and will have developed a foundational cultural literacy in the world’s third largest religion.

ANS 340M • Modern China

32550 • Li, Huaiyin
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM MEZ 1.120
GC (also listed as HIS 340M)
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ANS 340Q • Sufism Islam Thought/Spiritult

32555 • Hyder, Syed
Meets MW 4:00PM-5:30PM MEZ B0.306
(also listed as HIS 339S, MES 342S, R S 358I)
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Sufism defies neat categorization. It is a broad trend in the cultural sphere of Islam, associated mainly with approaches to divinity, justice, piety, joy, sorrow, and beauty. In the course of history, it has placed checks and balances on an exclusivist reading of religion. At times it is identified with mysticism: an attempt of the finite to reckon with infinite powers. It has many synonyms. This class explores Sufism and other Islamic mystical traditions that color cultural milieus spanning four continents and fourteen centuries. The first half of the semester focuses on the historical developments in the Islamic theosophical traditions of the Arab and Persian worlds. In the second half of the semester, we move on to discuss the growth of Islamic mysticism over time and beyond the porous borders of Arabia and Iran. The relationship between Sufism and poetics, Sufism and colonialism, and Sufism and post-colonial resistance movements also constitutes a significant part of this course. Issues of authority, gender, sexuality, music, globalization, and religious pluralism are topics of discussion throughout the semester. Only one part of the class lecture springs from the readings so it is important for the students to carefully note that material which is not found in the assigned readings.


Grading: Students are expected to come prepared for class by reading all the required assignments for that class. Students are responsible for all the information presented in the lectures as well as for what is contained in the required readings. 

  • Two in-class Exams (40%)
  • Comprehensive Final Exam (50%)
  • Class Attendance & Participation (10%)

ANS 347K • Gov And Politics Of South Asia

32570 • Liu, Xuecheng
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM BEN 1.122
GC (also listed as GOV 347K)
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Since the end of the Cold War, South Asia has become a focal point of growing international attention and concern by nuclear proliferation, the rise of Islamic militancy and the anti-terror war, the emergence of India as a global power, and regional effort for cooperation. South Asian nations have also been experiencing a profound political evolution of democratization. This course provides students with a comprehensive and systematic introduction to the comparative political study of the eight nations of South Asia. Organized in a parallel fashion to facilitate cross-national comparison, the course sections on each nation address 2 several topical areas of inquiry: political culture and heritage, government structure and institutions, political parties and leaders, and social conflict and resolution. India, the preeminent power of the subcontinent, will receive more attention. In terms of the international relations of the region, this course will address several predominant region-wide issues: the India–Pakistan conflict, the rise of Islamic militancy and the AfPak war, and regional cooperation under the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC).

Grading Policy

  • Two mid-term exams (60%)
  • One short term paper of 6-7 pages (30%, first draft 15% and final draft 15%)
  • Overall class participation/attendance may be reflected in a plus or minus up to l0 points in determining the course grade.

ANS 361 • Anthropol Of The Himalayas

32585 • Hindman, Heather
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM GAR 2.128
GCWr (also listed as AAS 330L, ANT 323P)
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This course looks at the history and culture of the Himalayan region, including Northeast India, sections of Pakistan and Afghanistan, and Tibet, but especially Nepal. Some understanding of Asian history, politics and religion will be helpful (but not necessary) as our attempt will not be a comprehensive survey of the region. The Himalayas have been the site of a great deal of anthropological attention and as such we will be simultaneously be exploring several key theoretical, historical and methodological issues within the discipline of anthropology as we learn about places and people in the region. Particular attention will be paid to the area as a site for negotiating identity (caste and indigeneity), development politics, social movements, music, animals and current political tensions in the region. At the conclusion of the class, students should have a stronger idea of the important role this area has played in the political, religious and social imagination of the world and an appreciation of concepts such as ritual theory, social movements, modernity and gender studies.


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Participation/Attendance 10%

Student Presentations 10%

Discussion Posting 15%

3 Short papers 35%

Exam 5%

Final Paper 25%

ANS 361 • Asian Rgnlism/Multilat Coop

32600 • Liu, Xuecheng
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM PAR 101
GCWr (also listed as GOV 365F)
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ANS 361 • Biomedicine/Ethics/Culture

32590 • Traphagan, John
Meets TTH 8:00AM-9:30AM BUR 108
EGC (also listed as R S 373M)
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ANS 361 • Clascl Chi Phil Contemp Times

32575 • Waring, Luke
Meets MW 2:30PM-4:00PM RLP 0.106
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Course description

The 6th-2nd second centuries BCE were a golden age for Chinese philosophy, an era when the key ideas, terms, and texts that were to prove fundamental to the development of Chinese intellectual history took shape. While philosophy from different times and cultural contexts can often seem alien or abstruse, in fact ancient Chinese thinkers have much to teach us when it comes to navigating sociopolitical issues and ethical concerns in our own time. In this course we will reconstruct and reenact the most important debates in early Chinese philosophy, reapplying them to some of the pressing questions and important events that preoccupy us today. In the process, we will study classical Chinese philosophy not just as the intellectual product of a certain historical and cultural context, but also as a repertoire of ideas and strategies that can be used to enrich our experiences and confront problems in our everyday lives.

This course is open to all students. All discussion and readings for this course will be in English; no prior knowledge of Chinese language, history, or culture is required.

Required readings

There are three required textbooks for this course:

• Readings in Classical Chinese Philosophy, ed. Philip J. Ivanhoe and Bryan W. Van Norden. Second Edition. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing, 2006 [hereafter Readings].

o Read all assigned pages in advance of meeting one each week.

• Bryan W. Van Norden. Introduction to Classical Chinese Philosophy. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing, 2011 [hereafter Introduction].

o Read all assigned pages in advance of meeting one each week.

• Michael Puett and Christine Gross-Loh. The Path: What Chinese Philosophers Can Tell us About the Good Life. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2016.

o Consult the relevant passages in advance of each debate in meeting two of each week.

Additional readings, materials, and resources will be made available on Canvas.


• Attendance, class participation, and discussion: 30%

• Weekly submissions: 20%
• Mid-term exam: 20%
• Final take-home exam: 30%

ANS 361 • Development And Its Critics

32615 • Hindman, Heather
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM GAR 0.120
GC (also listed as ANT 324L)
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Leisure activities have an unstable and tenuous position in academic study – if it is fun, it must not be serious. Tourism, in its connection with a “time off,” certainly suffers from this concern – and anthropologists have their own difficult relation with tourism studies. After all, finding the distinction between the work of “fieldwork” and the relaxation of travel can be difficult for the layperson. With new technologies of movement, the travail of travel is lessening and tourism is open to more people, but what counts as tourism is also changing as well. To explore how, why and the meaning behind a broad array of contemporary travel opportunities, this class takes on a selection of particular themes and issues to consider the influence travel opportunities on that most central concern of anthropology, the encounter with the other. Themes include theorizing travel, the gaze, the toured, authenticity, gender, violence and Asia. This course will also challenge students to consider how their travel activities - both pre and post-Covid-19 - impact the economy, the environment and the “toured” societies. For many places, tourism is a significant contribution to financial flows, often bringing the Global North to the backyard of the Global South. We will also try to understand different “cultures” of travel - how are ideas of work and leisure shaping the demands of new populations of tourists, especially in Asia.


The numbers…

  • Participation/Attendance 10%
  • Talking Points 25%
  • Critical Film Review 10%
  • Midterm Exam 10%
  • Social Media 15%
  • Student Presentations 10%
  • Final Project 20%

ANS 361 • Food And Relign In Sth Asia

32580 • Gutierrez, Andrea
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM MEZ 1.210
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How can the mango, boiled rice, roast goat, or milk help us understand the religions of South Asia? This course uses the lens of food to approach our study of religious communities, values, and identity formation in South Asia’s past and present. We will utilize methods of religious studies and comparison to observe how the religious experience is played out through food, in what is eaten and what is not. We will explore thematic questions involving ritual, hunger, food for the gods, and the problem of matter vs. spirit in order to understand practices and ideologies that involve food in South Asia. We will study food as an artifact of religious life, as a cultural and religious marker, and as a facet of material culture—in other words, as one more tool for thinking critically and analytically about South Asia and its peoples.

Proposed readings:

Olivelle, Patrick. 2006. “The Beast and the Ascetic: The Wild in the Indian Religious Imagination.” In Patrick Olivelle, Ascetics and Brahmins: Studies in Ideologies and Institutions. Florence: University of Florence Press, pp. 91-100.

Bhushan Singh, Ram. “Sallekhana” or Suicide by Fasting in Karnātaka (7th-10th Centuries AD).” Proceedings of the Indian History Congress. Vol. 30. Indian History Congress, 1968, pp. 148-151.

Dalrymple, William. “The Nun’s Tale” in Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India. Vintage, 2010.

Selections from Banerji, Chitrita. The Hour of the Goddess: Memories of Women, Food, and Ritual in Bengal. Penguin Books India, 2006.

Hemachandra, excerpts from Quarnström, Olle, tran. The Yogaśāstra of Hemacandra: A Twelfth Century Handbook on Śvetāmbara Jainism. Cambridge, MA & London: Harvard University Press, 2002: pp. 25-26; pp. 34-40; pp. 50-61; pp. 74-75

“Meat: To Eat it or Not: A Debate on Food and Practice” Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, Winter 1994, p. 49-63.

Al-Teinaz, Yunes Ramadan, Halal Handbook Ch. 1 “What is Halal Food?” The Halal Food Handbook, First Edition. Edited by Yunes Ramadan Al-Teinaz, Stuart Spear, and Ibrahim H. A. Abd El-Rahim. Wiley-Blackwell, 2020.

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Sengupta, Jayanta. 'India,’ in Paul Freedman, Joyce Chaplin, and Ken Albala, eds., Food in Time and Place: The American Historical Association Companion to Food History (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2014), 68-94.

Doniger, Wendy. “Eating Karma in Classical South Asian Texts” Social Research 66.1, Food: Nature and Culture (Spring 1999), pp. 151- 165.

Shaffer, Holly. “The Kitchen Sutra.” ART India: The Art News Magazine of India September 2016 Volume XX Issue III, pp. 41-47.

Selections from A World of Nourishment: Reflections on Food in Indian Culture. Cinzia Pieruccini and Paola M. Rossi, eds. Milan: Ledizioni, 2016.

Smith, Monica L. “The Archaeology of Food Preference” American Anthropologist 108.3 (Sep., 2006): pp. 480-493.

Pinkney, Andrea Marion. “Prasāda, the Gracious Gift, in Contemporary and Classical South Asia.” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 81.3 (2013): 734-756.

Grade Breakdown:

  • Journal Entries: 25%
  • In-class Contributions/Participation: 25%
  • Midterm: 25%
  • Final Exam: 25%


ANS 361 • Gender And Modern India

32605 • Chatterjee, Indrani
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM GAR 1.126
GC (also listed as WGS 340)
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ANS 361 • Global Economies: Asia/US

32610 • Mays, Susan
Meets W 3:00PM-6:00PM GAR 3.116
GC (also listed as AAS 325L)
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ANS 361 • Relig/Fam Japanese Society

32599 • Traphagan, John
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM BEN 1.126
GC (also listed as R S 352F)
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ANS 361D • Hist Food/Healing China/Taiwan

32620 • Lai, Chiu-Mi
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM RLP 1.106
GC (also listed as HIS 367Q)
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Course is cross-listed with HIS 367Q; carries Global Cultures Flag

In Chinese history, food and healing shared the same set of cosmological assumptions, all of which had to do with harmonizing the “vital energy,” “breath” or “life force” (qi 氣) of the body with the mind. The Chinese holistic approach to the concept of “well-being” by eating, taking medicine and engaging in healing arts, was to ensure that all of these activities created a healthy balance. Lectures, discussion and coursework will focus on the cultural, historical, philosophical, social, and scientific background against which the connection between food and healing has evolved through history. The course will address how this holistic approach has manifested in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan today, and form the basis of final research inquiry projects, some of which may also be applied to greater Austin locales.


Introduction – What is the connection between food and healing in Chinese history?

Section I – Concepts of well-being, the mind and body, “health and healing”

Section II – History of food, connection between food and healing, food as medicine

Section III – Healing Practices in Austin, China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan


ANS 362 • Research In Asian Studies

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Individual instruction for Asian studies majors and nonmajors. Discussion, research, and the writing of papers about various general and specialized Asian subjects.  Prerequisite: Six semester hours of coursework in Asian studies and
written consent of instructor on form obtained from the undergraduate adviser.

ANS 372J • Women And Gender In China

32634 • Li, Huaiyin
Meets M 3:00PM-6:00PM MEZ 1.208
Wr (also listed as WGS 340)
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There is no prerequisite for attending this course, but some background in Chinese history is recommended.

This course examines women and gender in China from imperial times to the present. Major themes include the changing conceptions of masculinity and femininity in Chinese cultural and religious contexts; gender roles and inequalities in the patriarchal family and society; the varying discourse on women and gender in the modern period; women’s dilemma in the Chinese Revolution; new challenges to women and new conceptions of gender and sexuality during the reform era since the 1980s. There is no prerequisite for attending this course, but some background in Chinese history is recommended.


  • Weekly report (20%)
  • Class participation (20%)
  • Mid-term exam (20%)
  • Research paper (40%)


ANS 379 • Cul Outsidr: Memoirs E Asia

32645 • Lai, Chiu-Mi
Meets M 4:00PM-7:00PM RLP 0.106
GCWr (also listed as HIS 340U)
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Cross-listed with History; carries the Writing Flag and Global Cultures Flag

The Cultural Outsider: Memoirs and Travelogues of East Asia

The focus of the capstone seminar is on the cultural outsider’s perceptions of East Asia as addressed in greater literature originally written in English (with one exception), in the genres of memoirs and travelogues dating from the 19th century to works published in contemporary America. Works selected for the seminar are to be read and discussed within the broad context of “travel literature” written by a broad expanse of visitors to greater East Asia: China (including Hong Kong and Tibet), Taiwan, Japan, and Korea. These pieces of “travel literature” are written by a diverse group of “cultural outsiders” that includes missionaries, journalists, POW’s, scholars, English teachers, students, and tourists.

Some major concepts and themes that emerge from these works concern Asian stereotypes, self-discovery and cultural identity formation, and exoticization of Asia and all things Asian (or “Oriental”). We will pose open-ended questions about these perceptions of Asia not as literary critics, but rather more as readers, or as fellow “participant observer” travelers to Asia. In particular, we will discuss and analyze a cultural outsider’s approach to memoir writing through the lenses of “layered memory” and “gossip.”

The course focus will be on primary, rather than secondary, sources and materials. Students will choose from selected works for oral panel presentations, leading class discussion in a Roundtable forum, which in turn will form a focus for weekly written responses and the final inquiry paper.

The course will be divided into two categories for in-depth discussion and analysis:

            Section I – The Adventurer Travelogue

            Section II – The Contemporary Traveler Memoir


ANS 379 • Sci Tech Soc Contemp Asia

32640 • Oppenheim, Robert
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM PAR 10
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Please check back for updates.  Prerequisite: For Asian studies and Asian cultures and languages majors, twelve semester hours of upper-division coursework in Asian studies or Asian languages; for others, upper-division standing.

ANS 384 • Body In Indian Medcn/Myth

32655 • Selby, Martha
Meets W 5:00PM-8:00PM PAR 305
(also listed as R S 394T, WGS 393)
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Study of various aspects and periods of South Asian culture and society.  Specific offerings are listed in the Course Schedule.  Prerequisite: Graduate standing; additional prerequisites vary with the topic and are given in the Course Schedule.

ANS 384 • Coomaraswamy's Constrctns

32653 • Leoshko, Janice
Meets M 9:00AM-12:00PM DFA 2.506
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Study of various aspects and periods of South Asian culture and society.  Specific offerings are listed in the Course Schedule.  Prerequisite: Graduate standing; additional prerequisites vary with the topic and are given in the Course Schedule.

ANS 384 • Postcolonial Cinemas

32654 • Kumar, Shanti
Meets F 9:00AM-12:00PM CMA 6.146
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Study of various aspects and periods of South Asian culture and society.  Specific offerings are listed in the Course Schedule.  Prerequisite: Graduate standing; additional prerequisites vary with the topic and are given in the Course Schedule.

ANS 390 • Frames Of Korean Studies

32660 • Oppenheim, Robert
Meets T 4:00PM-7:00PM WAG 112
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Study of various Asian studies-related topics that do not focus on any single geographic region.  Specific offerings are listed in the Course Schedule.  Prerequisite: Graduate standing; additional prerequisites vary with the topic and are given in the Course Schedule.