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ART H 214 A: Art of India: Mohenjo-Daro to the Mughals

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Meeting Time: 
TTh 12:30pm - 1:50pm
SIG 134
Sonal Khullar
Sonal Khullar

Syllabus Description:




Sieg Hall 134

TTh 12:30-1:50

Winter 2019


Professor Sonal Khullar

Office: 363 Art Building

E-mail: skhullar@uw.edu

Office hours: Tuesday 2-3, and by appointment


TA Gloria de Liberali

Email: gloriadl@uw.edu

Art Building, Rm 311

Office hours: Th, 10-12, and by appointment



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Course description:

The course surveys the material culture and artistic production of South Asia, which comprises the modern nation-states of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, and Sri Lanka, from antiquity through the early modern period. We 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 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 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. Students with a background in art history, studio art, architecture, history, religion, literature, anthropology, or South Asian Studies are especially welcome.

Course requirements:

Your grade will be assessed on the basis of active participation in sections (10%); two short papers (Paper 1: 10%, Revised Paper 1: 20%, Paper 2: 10%; and Revised Paper 2: 20%); and a unit exam (30%, two slide comparisons and four definitions of key terms or concepts). 

All assignments must be completed for a passing grade.  There will be no make-up exams.  

If you need an extension on a paper, please contact the instructor at least 48 hours in advance of the deadline. Note that you must have a valid reason, such as a documented illness, a family emergency, or a major assignment due the same day. For every day (including weekends) your paper is late, I will deduct half a grade. That is, a 4.0 will become a 3.5, a 3.5 will become a 3.0, etc.  Papers handed in on the day they are due but after class are also late. All papers must be typed, double-spaced, with 1-1.25 inch margins and in a 12-point font. 

Course materials: 

The textbooks for the course are Vidya Dehejia, Indian Art (London: Phaidon, 1997) and Diana Eck, Darsan: Seeing the Divine Image in India (New York: Columbia University Press, 1998). Both are available for purchase at the University Bookstore, 4326 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105. The telephone number of the bookstore is 206-634-3400.  

Course policies:

All scheduled lectures, readings, and screenings are subject to change. You are responsible for any changes mentioned in class, including changes to the class schedule or course policies.

Absences from class prevent participation and may negatively affect grades. If you are absent from class due to personal or medical emergencies, immediately notify the instructor, find out what you missed from a classmate, and insure that all assignments and exams are completed.

Students who miss lecture regularly are not only unable to complete assignments successfully, but they also typically perform poorly on exams and risk failing the course. If your schedule is such that you are likely to be habitually absent or tardy, please take this course in a future quarter when you have the necessary time to dedicate to it.

Please arrive in class on time and turn off your cell phones in advance. 

Equal Opportunity

The School of Art reaffirms its policy of equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran in accordance with UW policy and applicable federal and state statutes and regulations.

Disability Accommodation

If you would like to request academic accommodations due to a disability, please contact the Disability Services Office, email: dso@uw.edu, 206-543-6450 (voice) / 206-543-6452 (TTY). On the first day of class please provide the instructor a copy of your letter from Disability Services indicating you have a disability that requires academic accommodation. Disability Resources for Students, UW Seattle Campus.


Plagiarism is defined as using in your own work the creations, ideas, words, inventions, or work of someone else without formally acknowledging them through the use of quotation marks, footnotes, bibliography, or other reference.  Please check with your instructor if you have questions about what constitutes plagiarism.  Instances of plagiarism will be referred to the Vice Provost/Special Asst to the President for Student Relations and may lead to disciplinary action.

Link to Full Syllabus with Weekly Schedule

Recommended Reading

Catalog Description: 
Surveys 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.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Writing (W)
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August 2, 2019 - 9:11pm