South Asian Aesthetics

University of Pennsylvania, Fall 2014

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 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

Session 08: Sound and Meaning Part III- The Indo-Persian and Urdu Traditions

Coordinator: Vidya As we discussed last week, syntactic, morphological and lexicographical particularities shape the poetic possibilities of a language, meaning that no two languages’ poetics will be exactly alike.  Keeping that in … Continue reading

September 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Post: Experiencing the synthesis of Edward Hopper and Lauryn Hill, cognitively and viscerally

Gisella Velasco and Toni Potenciano: “Not even if my boss would call.” Reviewed by Yvonne HC. While it is not South Asian art, when I saw “Not even if my … Continue reading

September 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Session 5.1: Rasa Part II

Coordinator: Tyler In this session we will continue our discussion of rasa and associated concepts both by using them to understand pieces of poetry and drama and by comparing the system … Continue reading

September 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Session 05: Rasa Part II

Coordinator: Vidya In this session we will continue our discussion of rasa and associated concepts both by using them to understand pieces of poetry and drama and by comparing the system … Continue reading

September 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Session 04: Rasa Part I

Coordinator: Corey What happens when we have an aesthetic experience?  How do art, literature, music, etcetera produce emotional, physical, and cognitive effects in the audience member? न हि रसादृते कश्चिदर्थः … Continue reading

September 1, 2014 · 1 Comment