Talking about the universality of the two epics, Anne E. Monius says, The Indian epics are long and complex narratives that speak to virtually every aspect of human experience. While the Mahabharata is a sobering tale of cataclysmic war and loss, the Ramayana is one of India's great love stories."
Anne E. Monius says that for over a century the scholars have studied these texts as philosophical and scriptural texts while largely ignoring the subcontinent's wealth of narrative literatures.
The course will not just examine the Sanskrit texts of the two epics but also look into dance performances, shadow puppet plays, modern fictional retellings, and televised renditions of the stories. Anne E. Monius believes that the two epics easily transcend boundaries of genres 'both in history and today'.
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