SOAS University of London

South Asia Section, School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics

Sanskrit Literature

Module Code:
Module Not Running 2022/2023
FHEQ Level:
Taught in:
Full Year


A good knowledge of Sanskrit is required for entry onto this course.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

The aim of the course is to provide students who have adequate proficiency in Sanskrit with an advanced understanding of the development of style, structure, and expression of thought of specimens of original Sanskrit poetic texts (prose as well as poetry) during a period of about 2000 years. It will focus on Vedic literature and Classical Sanskrit court literature (with or without Sanskrit drama). Students should also be enabled to apply some of the ideas of Sanskrit poetic theory on classical Sanskrit prose and poetry. They are expected to demonstrate their ability of critically analysing Sanskrit texts, and their understanding of stylistic features and developments, by the completion of extended pieces of course work, as well as in their final examination.


Total of 22 weeks teaching with 4 hours classroom contact per week.

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination taken in May/June (70%); one essay of 2,500 - 3,000 words to be submitted on 1 December (or nearest working day) (10%); one essay of 2,500 - 3,000 words to be submitted on day 1, week 6, term 2 (10%); one essay of 2,500 - 3,000 words to be submitted on day 1, week 1, term 3 (10%).

Suggested reading

A full reading list will be available from the convenor at the beginning of the course.


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