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Imagining Modern India: The Genesis and Goals of a Course-in-the-Making

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Brian A. Hatcher

Illinois Wesleyan University
About Brian A.
Brian A. Hatcher is McFee Professor of Religion at Illinois Wesleyan University and Chair of the Religion Department. His research focuses on religious and social change in colonial India, especially developments in nineteenth-century Calcutta. His most recent monograph, Bourgeois Hinduism, or the Faith of the Modern Vedantists, was published by Oxford University Press in 2008.
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Abstract

By training I am a South Asianist, specializing in the transformation of Hindu traditions during the colonial and postcolonial era. However, when I joined the Religion Department at Illinois Wesleyan University in 1992, I was the sole ‘Asianist.’ As such I was asked to provide coverage of the religious traditions of both South and East Asia. Accordingly, over the years I created a range of lower- and upper-level courses dedicated to such topics as ‘Asian Religious Literature,’ ‘Asian Religious Practice,’ and ‘Religion in Contemporary Japan,’ along with selected courses focusing on South Asia and Hinduism.
DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/ane.217
How to Cite: Hatcher, B.A., (2009). Imagining Modern India: The Genesis and Goals of a Course-in-the-Making. ASIANetwork Exchange: A Journal for Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts. 17(1), pp.97–107. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/ane.217
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Published on 01 Oct 2009.
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