Classical Ottoman Literature (Masters)
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Objectives and learning outcomes of the course
At the end of the course, a student should be able to demonstrate…
- students will gain familiarity and critical understanding of a number of texts and genres of Ottoman literature
- students will acquire skills in transcribing and translating Ottoman literary texts
- students will develop critical skills in discussing and writing about the literary (language, style) and social dimensions of Ottoman writing
- students will acquire an advanced understanding of the Ottoman literary language and of the wider Ottoman literary legacy
This course is taught over 22 weeks with 3 hours classroom contact per week (one 2 hour lecture, one hour tutorial).
Scope and syllabus
This is a literature course based on the close reading of texts and their examinations within their borader lietary contetxt. As such it is a language use course whose objective is to make an intensive study of a broad selection of Ottoman literary texts covering different genres and the whole span of Ottoman literature until the Tanzimat reforms of the nineteenth century.
The syllabus will normally include the reading and discussion of literary works in prose and verse. Works will be selecetd from the early Ottoman period (e.g. frontier epic narratives, eg. Battalname, Saltukname, Sultan Veled and the İskendername), and mainly from divan poetry, inşa prose of the classical and late Ottoman period (15th-19th centuries). The literary merit of the works will be examined in light of the historical context and linguistic registered employed.
Method of assessment
One written examination taken in May/June (70%); one essay of 3,500 - 4,000 words to be submitted on day 5, week 1, term 3 (30%).
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