An exploration of constructions of gender and the status of women in Hinduism and Buddhism, with primary focus on normative developments in ancient and medieval India and the impact of this formative history on the lives of contemporary women. Readings from primary and secondary materials, with attention to both ideology and practice. (Also listed as Asian Studies 257 and Feminist & Gender Studies 257.) (Offered in alternate years.) May meet either the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures or Social Inequality requirement. (Not offered 2020-21).
Prerequisite: Religion 160 or 170 or consent of instructor.