2023-2024 Catalog

REL 312 Religious Body and Sexuality (Asia Focused)

The body constitutes a contested site of religious practices, identity politics, gender discourses, and social norms. This course explores the use and understanding of the gendered body in major Asian religions. We investigate various Eastern body images, inscriptions, and practices in relation to piety, divinity, sex/sexuality, identity, morality, and modernity, comparing and contrasting Asian topoi with western counterparts. Course materials consist primarily of literary, social, and historical studies, supplemented by visual arts and films. [GM, H, V]