This course considers how westerners have understood and represented the heterogeneous peoples of India and their cultures, chiefly in literature, but also in travel writing, film, theater, and artwork.  We will begin in the classical period, but quickly move to the eighteenth century, when colonial administrators and Orientalist scholars first set the terms of representing the ‘Other’ in South Asia.  We will conclude in the present, focusing on representations and persistent stereotypes in fiction and Hollywood films.  Some of the broad themes in the course include imperialism, nationalism, globalization, cultural stereotyping, the New Age Movement, and the South Asian diaspora.

Gen Eds: LA, GL