Sanskrit Reading Circle 1
A one-year course in Sanskrit undertaking analytical study of selected literary texts from a variety of sources
This is a one-year course with three terms of ten weeks.
Mode of Attendance: Part Time
This course is intended as a post-Beginners introduction to Sanskrit literature, presupposing an ability to understand basic Sanskrit grammar and to read the devanagari script without any difficulty.
The Sanskrit Reading Circle 1 course aims to develop confidence in the ability to analyse and to critically appreciate selected texts from various phases and genres of Sanskrit. These are studied within their historical and literary contexts.
Students will be asked to undertake translation of extracts from original Sanskrit texts and to discuss their literary merits in class. Students will also be expected to give presentations on the issues arising from the texts studied in class.
In 2011-12, the following texts will be covered:
Term 1: Arnyaparvan of Mahābhārata (Yakṣapraśna)
Term 2: Abhijñānaśākuntalam of Kālidāsa (Act 4)
Term 3: Iśāvāsyopaniṣad
Assessment for Course Placement
It is important to note that the Sanskrit Reading Circle 1 will primarily be composed of those who have already studied the language at SOAS. For applicants who are not currently students of Sanskrit through the Language Centre, entry to the course is by assessment only. Applicants must contact the Language Centre to arrange for an assessment at least 2 weeks before the beginning of the term.
In-house materials are provided for this course.
Classes will be held at SOAS in central London on one evening a week. See our timetables page.