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John William Nemec

Associate Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Religious Studies
Office location and address
Gibson Hall, S-354
1540 Jefferson Park Ave
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
BA, University of Rochester
MA, University of California System : Santa Barbara
MPhil, University of Oxford
PhD, University of Pennsylvania
RELG 1040: Introduction to Eastern Religious Traditions
Credits: 3
Introduces various aspects of the religious traditions of India, China, and Japan.
RELH 2090: Hinduism
Credits: 3
Surveys the Hindu religious heritage from pre-history to the 17th century; includes the Jain and Sikh protestant movements.
RELH 3559: New Course in Hinduism
Credits: 3
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new course in the subject of Hinduism.
RELH 3725: Travel Writing and India
Credits: 3
This course examines western encounters with India by reading the fiction and travel writing of Europeans, expatriate Indians, and Americans in India. In reading such works, the course will explore the place of India in the European and American literary and cultural imagination.
RELH 3740: Hinduism Through its Narrative Literatures
Credits: 3
Examines a major genre of Hindu religious narrative. Genre varies but may include the epics; the mythology of the Puranas; the 'didactic' Kathasaritsagara and Pancatantra; the hagiographies of the great Hindu saints; and the modern novel. Prerequisite: RELG 1040, RELH 2090, RELH 2110, or instructor permission.
RELG 5170: Seminar in History of Religions
Credits: 3
Introduces the basic thinkers in the field of history of religions and to fundamental problems in the study of religious sociology, mythology, and ritual.
RELH 5559: New Course in Hinduism
Credits: 3
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new course in the subject of Hinduism.
RELH 7045: Panini and the Sanskrit Grammarians
Credits: 3
This course offers a comprehensive introduction to the system of the great Sanskrit grammarian, Panini. The purpose of the course is to cultivate familiarity and facility with Panini's generative grammar. Students will learn the principles of the grammar and how to apply them in addressing a range of technical and grammatical issues. Key commentators on the grammar will also be read, as will relevant secondary sources.
RELH 8702: Tutorial in Sanskrit: Aesthetics
Credits: 3
This tutorial constitutes a reading course in Sanskrit, the classical language of India. Students will read the original texts and translate them into English, analyzing and interpreting the materials in light of the Indian tradition of commentary and exegesis and in light of contemporary scholarly and other analyses of the relevant subject matter: aesthetics, or the alamkarasastra.
RELB 8721: Tutorial in Sanskrit: Buddhist Tantra
Credits: 3
This tutorial constitutes a reading course in Sanskrit, the classical language of India. Students will read the original texts and translate them into English, analyzing and interpreting the materials in light of the Indian tradition of commentary and exegesis and in light of contemporary scholarly and other analyses of the relevant subject matter: Buddhist esoteric literature, a.k.a. Buddhist Tantra.
RELH 8722: Tutorial in Sanskrit: Devotional Poetry
Credits: 3
This tutorial constitutes a reading course in Sanskrit, the classical language of India. Students will read the original texts and translate them into English, analyzing and interpreting the materials in light of the Indian tradition of commentary and exegesis and in light of contemporary scholarly and other analyses of the relevant subject matter: the stotra genre or that of Indian devotional poetry.
RELH 8725: Tutorial in Sanskrit: Hindu Law
Credits: 3
This tutorial constitutes a reading course in Sanskrit, the classical language of India. Students will read in Sanskrit the primary sources associated with "Hindu Law," the Dharmasutras, Dharmasastras, and the literature on Artha or Statecraft. Advanced Knowledge of Sanskrit required.
RELS 8995: Research
Credits: 1–12
Systematic readings in a selected topic under detailed supervision.
RELS 8998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Research
Credits: 1–12
For master's research, taken before a thesis director has been selected.
RELS 8999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For master's thesis, taken under the supervision of a thesis director.
RELS 9998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.
RELS 9999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.