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South Asia Department

Vedic Prose and Poetry (PG)

Course Code:
15PSAC318
Unit value:
1
Taught in:
Full Year

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

At the end of the course, a student should be able to demonstrate: 

  1. knowledge of Vedic Sanskrit, the oldest layer of Sanskrit language and literature;
  2. understanding based on the original Sanskrit texts of their religious and philosophical background;
  3. ability to translate and comment selected texts in Vedic Sanskrit;
  4. command of the secondary literature and ability to write essays of academic standard.

Workload

This course will be taught over 20 weeks with a 2 hour lecture per week.

Scope and syllabus

This is a language-based course for students with good basic knowledge of Sanskrit. The course is designed to make students acquainted with the oldest layer of Sanskrit language and literature and provide an access based on the original Sanskrit texts to their religious and philosophical background. The texts read in class include stories from the Brahmanas (Aitareya, Satapatha, or Jaiminiya), and excerpts from the most important Upani'ads. One term will be devoted to hymns from the Ùgveda, the most ancient Indo-Aryan literary document, its linguistic and poetic features and its religious and philosophical content.

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination taken in May/June (60%); one 2,500-3,000 word essay to be submitted on the day of the lecture, week 1, term 2 (20%); one 2,500-3,000 word essay to be submitted on the day of the lecture, week 1, term 3 (20%).

Suggested reading

A comprehensive reading list will be given to all students enroled on this course at the beginning of the session.