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Women and Goddesses in Hinduism

An examination of gender and power in Hindu traditions, through an in-depth study of divine figures or historical women identified with goddesses, such as Sītā, Rādhā, and Kālī, or medieval saints and contemporary global gurus. May meet either the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures or Social Inequality requirement. Meets the Critical Learning: AIM requirement. Meets the Equity and Power: EPG requirement. (Not offered 2021-22).

Degree requirement — Equity and Power: EPG, Critical Learning: AIM

1 unit

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A study of women and goddesses in Hinduism focused on Sītā. After identifying how and why Sītā is idealized, we consider critiques of gender ideology, reflecting on women's internalization of and resistance to Sītā. Students also participate in the tradition of the Rāmāyaṇa by composing their own re-tellings of select episodes.
Painting, Rasamanjari, the devoted husband, opaque watercolour on paper, Jammu, ca. 1720. From the Victoria and Albert Museum Collection.


Term Block Title Instructor Location Student Limit/Available Updated
Fall 2020 Block 4 Women and Goddesses in Hinduism Tracy Coleman TBA 12 / 1 05/10/2021
Spring 2021 Block 7 Women and Goddesses in Hinduism Tracy Coleman TBA 12 / 0 05/10/2021
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