ART H 214: Art of India from Mohenjo-Daro to the Mughals
Professor Sonal Khullar
The course will survey the material culture and artistic production of South Asia, which includes the present-day nation states of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, from antiquity until the early modern period. We shall attend to traditional art historical concerns such as the role of the artist, treatment of materials, systems of patronage, development of style, theories of aesthetics, and iconographic analysis. We shall also relate South Asian art to its social contexts, emphasizing exchange and interaction between cultures and groups, including but not limited to artists, pilgrims, merchants, warriors, and kings; Buddhists, Hindus, Jains, Muslims, Sikhs, and Christians; Indians, Persians, Europeans, Central Asians, and Southeast Asians. We shall consider questions of iconophilia and iconoclasm, narrative and temporality, archeology and historiography, ritual and religion, sovereignty and kingship, gender and sexuality, urbanism and empire, colonialism and nationalism as they pertain to the images, objects, and sites of our study.
Course requirements: One midterm exam (30%), one short paper (30%), one final exam (30%) and class participation.