EALC Seminar

GLOBAL STUDIES 3900

This course traces the expansion of Buddhism from its origins in the Indian subcontinent through China, Korea and Japan, identifying both continuities and local developments as seen in the encounter/clash with preexisting traditions. We will adopt a multidisciplinary approach and explore the history, literature, philosophy, and practice of Buddhism in East Asia. Primary readings (all in English) are drawn from a wide range of genres - canonical scriptures, tale literature, hagiographic narratives, and archeological materials. We will also rely extensively on the rich visual and material heritage of Buddhism, looking at common iconographical motifs, popular deities and their many forms, and the ritual function of Buddhist objects in their respective contexts. This course is primarily for sophomores and juniors with a major or minor in the Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures. Other students may enroll with permission. No prior coursework on Buddhism or East Asia is required.
Course Attributes: EN H; BU Hum; BU Eth; AS HUM; AS LCD; BU IS

Section 01

EALC Seminar
INSTRUCTOR: Alessandro Poletto
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