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    Feb 21, 2024  
2023-2024 University Catalog
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POL 386 - Poli-Wood: Indian Epics, Myth, and Cinema as Political Philosophy


FDR: HU Humanities Distribution
Credits: 3

Prerequisite: POL 111. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the two major Classical Indian (Hindu) epics, Mahabharata and Ramayana, while reading them as works of political thought with relevance to both modern Indian politics and contemporary cinematic culture. This class begins by exploring the epics’ mythological, theological, and political content. In the second part of the course we examine how the epics, along with their major themes and characters, have been deployed for various Indian nationalist causes in the 20th and 21st centuries. Finally, the third part of the course examines two globally popular Indian action/drama films, which represent major characters, themes, and ideology drawn from the epics. In this part of the course we consider how these filmic representations exhibit political ideas that seek to impact a contemporary audience and instantiate a Hindu nationalist ethos, further considering how a politicized entertainment industry may impact the world’s largest democratic nation.



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