Voice, Memory, and Landscape

Vijaya Nagarajan

Core D2

Course Description:

Voice, Memory and Landscape uses literature and the environment to examine contemporary religious, moral, and ethical landscapes. We will explore how a landscape becomes embodied through voice and memory in fiction and nonfiction, primarily through the critical exploration of spiritual autobiographies from diverse religious and literary communities.

Faculty Bio:

Vijaya Nagarajan is an associate professor of Theology and Religious Studies who also teaches in the Environmental Studies Program. She has been teaching at the University of San Francisco since 1997. Her Ph.D. is in South Asian Languages and Literatures from University of California, Berkeley. She was a Research Associate and Visiting Lecturer at the Women’s Studies in Religion program at Harvard University Divinity School (2001-2002). She has taught numerous courses including Religion and Environment, Sacred Quest, Hinduism, Religion and Non-violence, and the Davies Seminar Voice, Memory and Landscape. Her research interests are focused on India, especially issues connected to Women and Ritual, Sacred Groves, and Gandhi.