HDS 3006

Visual Piety in Hinduism

Frank J. Korom


This course explores the role that vision plays in Hindu religion, culture, and society. We will explore the basic concept of "auspicious sight" (darshan). Before proceeding to read and analyze a number of recent studies of vision pertaining to such things as temple architecture, sculpture, religious posters, calendar art, comic books, performance traditions, etc. The goal of the course is to come to a critical understanding and deeper appreciation of the role that the senses play in Hindu practice. Finally, we will explore a growing body of emerging theoretical literature that focuses on the materiality of religion to place Hindu ocular culture in a broader, comparative context.

Enrollment Limited: Limited to 10 students. Instructor's permission required.
Open to BTI Students: No


0.50 credits
Spring 2014
Wed 2pm-4pm
Andover Hall Room 117

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • Comparative Studies
  • Hindu Studies
  • Religion, Literature, and Culture
  • South Asian Religious Traditions
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Hinduism
  • South Asian Religions
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry None
Language Course Designation(s) None