South Asian Aesthetics

University of Pennsylvania, Fall 2014

Session 17: The Aesthetics of Desire Part I – Connoisseurship and Pleasure

Coordinator: TBD How much are our physical and emotional desires shaped by aesthetics, both as an unspoken ideology and as an explicit discourse?  Are love and desire ever unmediated by learned, … Continue reading

October 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

Session 16: The Aesthetics of Devotion Part II- Discipline and Connoisseurship

“Sama is a proving ground for men of spiritual prowess.” — Nizam ud-din Awliya, in the Fawa’id al-Fu’ad جاں کیوں نکلنے لگتی ہے تن سے دمِ سماع گر وہ صدا سمائی … Continue reading

October 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Session 15: The Aesthetics of Devotion Part I: God as Love(r)

Guest speaker: John Stratton Hawley, Barnard College. Over the past month we have studied the concept of rasa (with its attendant concepts of bhāva, vibhāva, abhinaya, etc.) in the writings of several thinkers and in the context … Continue reading

October 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

Session 14: Time

“In the dark times Will there also be singing? Yes, there will also be singing. About the dark times.” — Bertolt Brecht. Coordinator: Corey Time: does art exist within it, … Continue reading

October 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

Session 13: What is Genius?

Coordinator: Vidya A couple of questions or problems will become apparent as you read the materials for this session: first, can the question of what constitutes artistic or literary genius … Continue reading

October 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Session 12: The Visual, Truth and History in the Indo-Islamic Tradition

Coordinator: Mercedes As mentioned in the previous post, the division of the readings into these different sessions is not without problems, but keeping that in mind, we push forward and … Continue reading

October 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Session 11: The Visual, Truth and History in the Indic Tradition

Coordinator: Yvonne Do we ‘see’ only with our eyes, or are other faculties at work?  Can our visual perceptions ever be unmediated by other things such as language or tradition? … Continue reading

October 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Session 09: Imagining Sound Part I

  synaesthesia n. Etymology: modern Latin, < Greek σύν+ stem αἰσθε- to feel, perceive a. A sensation in one part of the body produced by a stimulus applied to another part. … Continue reading

October 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

Session 8.1: Sound and Meaning in Action

For the past few weeks, we’ve been learning about theories of how poetic language works, surveying systems of classification and terminology from the Sanskrit, Tamil, Persian and Urdu traditions.  In … Continue reading

October 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

Post: Zakir Hussain at the University of Pennsylvania, October 5th, 2014

Zakir Hussain, world-renowned tabla virtuoso, will be performing at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on the University of Pennsylvania campus this Sunday, October 5th at 7:00 pm.  This … Continue reading

October 2, 2014 · Leave a comment