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This course is about the beloved story of the divine prince Rama and his epic quest to recover his wife Sita from the clutches of the demon-king Ravana. The main text for this course will be a modern abridgment of the classical Sanskrit Ramayana of Valmiki. But we will engage with other versions of the story from different time periods and different regions of India. We will also see how the Ramayana has been adapted in a comic book, several films, a TV serial, and devotional theatre. Finally, we will wrap up by examining how rhetoric and symbols associated with the Ramayana have been deployed in political contexts in the modern period. LA, BN.