Sanskrit Reading Circle 2
A one-year course in Sanskrit undertaking an in-depth, analytical study of selected literary texts and involving participation in the form of presentations and student-led discussions
Duration: 20 hours ( 2 hours a week for 10 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 devanāgarī script without any difficulty. Whilst Sanskrit Reading Circle 1 is strongly recommended prior to undertaking this course, it is not a prerequisite.
The course aims to broaden understanding of literary texts and further develop an ability to analyse and to critically appreciate key texts selected 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 2013-14, the following texts will be covered:
- Term 1: Chāndogya Upaniṣad
- Term 2: Śakuntalā episode in the Mahābhārata (Sabhaparvan)
- Term 3: Svapnavāsavadattā by Bhāsa
It is important to note that the Sanskrit Reading Circle 2 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 two weeks before the start of the course.
In-house materials are provided for this course.
The course is taught in a group with a maximum of 15 students. Classes will be held at the Bloomsbury or Kings Cross Campus of SOAS in central London. Participants receive 20 hours of tuition over a 10-week period (with additional weeks where public holidays displace a session).
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Timetables Autumn 2014
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Not a complete beginner?
If you are not a complete beginner, you will need to complete an assessment for course placement, allowing us to decide which course is right for you.
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If you are eligible for a discount, you will not be able to complete your transaction on the Online Store. You will need to bring a paper Application Form (pdf; 462kb) , including your Staff/Student card for us to make a copy of, after which we can process your application at the discounted rate.
If you are a returning student, you will have received a letter informing you of the procedures for rejoining prior to the start of the registration period. You can pay using any method indicated above. Returning students, if they are continuing onto the course indicated as the progression course, do not need to be assessed.