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2015-2016 Catalog

FYS 125 Love and War in the Bhagavad-Gita

This course focuses on a close reading of the Bhagavad-Gita ("The Song of God"), a fundamental text of the Indian tradition, with its unique discussion of love and war. Though composed nearly two thousand years ago, the Bhagavad-Gita remains deeply influential, not only in India, but also worldwide (with some 1800 translations into 75 different languages). Along with the original text, this course draws on a wealth of Indian and non-Indian materials-from artistic representations to elements of popular culture-in exploring the Bhagavad-Gita's continuing influence from its beginnings into modern times.