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Parson, Rahul Bjorn Assistant Professor

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  • Professor Parson is developing his dissertation into a book manuscript, ‘The Bazaar and the Bari: Calcutta, Marwaris, & the World of Hindi Letters.’ He is also conducting research on early-modern Jain writers with a view to explore non-western strands of individualization. He is a co-editor of the forthcoming volume “Religious Individualization: Types and Cases. Historical and Cross-cultural Explorations.”

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  • Hindi, Urdu, South Asian Literature, Jainism,

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  • ASIA 4001 - Advanced Language Co-Seminar Arts and Humanities
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Acts as a Co-Seminar for advanced Asian Studies students.
  • FYSM 1000 - First Year Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Provide first year students with an immersive experience in an interdisciplinary topic that addresses current issues including social, technical and global topics. Taught by faculty from across campus, the course provides students with an opportunity to interact in small classes, have project based learning experiences and gain valuable communication skills. Seminar style classes focused on discussion and projects.
  • HIND 1010 - Beginning Hindi 1
    Secondary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Provides a thorough introduction to the modern Hindi language, emphasizing speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. This course is proficiency-based. Activities aim to place the student in the context of the native-speaking environment from the very beginning. Students will be provided with opportunities to participate in local South Asian cultural events.
  • HIND 1011 - Introduction to South Asian Civilizations
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Survey of traditional and modern world views and experiences of people on the Indian subcontinent through literature and film, beginning with the Ramayana and including medieval tales, modern novels, and feature films. Taught in English.
  • HIND 1020 - Beginning Hindi 2
    Secondary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Continuation of HIND 1010. Provides a thorough introduction to the modern Hindi language, emphasizing speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Proficiency-based course aims to place the student in the context of the native-speaking environment from the beginning of the course. Provides opportunities to participate in local South Asian cultural activities and events.
  • HIND 2110 - Intermediate Hindi 1
    Secondary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Emphasizes speaking, listening, reading and writing skills and culturally appropriate language use.
  • HIND 2120 - Intermediate Hindi 2
    Secondary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Continuation of HIND 2110. Enhances students' speaking, listening, reading and writing skills and culturally appropriate language use.
  • HIND 3110 - Advanced Hindi 1
    Secondary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Emphasizes speaking, listening and conversational fluency in Hindi, with a focus on cultural appropriate expression and practical knowledge.
  • HIND 3120 - Advanced Hindi 2
    Secondary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Continuation of HIND 3110. Emphasizes reading, listening, and speaking fluency in Hindi/Urdu, with a focus on literary, cinematic and cultural themes in modern and contemporary Hindi/Urdu media and culture. Thematic focus of the course may change each semester. An effort will be made to encourage students to put their language skills into literary and cultural context.
  • HIND 3441 - Screening India: A History of Bollywood Cinema
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2019
    Provides a critical overview of one of the world's largest and most beloved film industries, the popular Hindi cinema produced in Bombay (Mumbai) and consumed around the world under the label Bollywood. Focus on the post-Independence era to the present, with introduction to key films, directors, stars, genres, formal techniques, and themes, as well as critical analyses of these and other topics. Taught in English.
  • HIND 3811 - The Power of the Word: Subversive and Censored 20th Century Indo-Pakistani Literature
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Provides an overview of a selection of writings by important 20th century Indo-Pakistani authors, which will permit students to get acquainted with Indian literature. Provides insight into the experience of social and political events in the 20th century and the reaction of the government to the critical analysis and portrayal of these events. Taught in English.
  • HIND 3851 - Devotional Literature in South Asia
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Focuses on the medieval and modern periods (1200-present), and the languages of North India and Pakistan (Hindi, Urdu, Panjabi). Students engage with English translations of works by Tulsidas, Surdas, Kabir, Mirabai, Nanak, Khusrau, Ghalib, Anis and Iqbal. Recurring themes include issues of authorship and interpretation; religious and aesthetic encounter; and the legacy of these traditions in modern South Asian society and literature. Taught in English.

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