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ASIAN 203 A: Literature and Culture of Ancient and Classical India

Meeting Time: 
MWF 1:00pm - 2:20pm
Location: 
SAV 137
SLN: 
10535

Syllabus Description:

Week

Monday

Wednesday

Friday

1

 

(9/26)

Introduction to Ancient & Classical India & Syllabus

(9/28)

Intro to Epic Literature & the Mahābhārata

Readings:

Narasimhan xix-xxix [Introduction]

2

(10/1)

Readings:

Narasimhan: 1-43 [Ādi Parva]

(10/3)

Readings:

Narasimhan: 44-71 [Sabhā & Āraṇyaka Parvas]

(10/5)

Readings:

Narasimhan: 72-88 [Virāṭa Parva]

3

(10/8)

Readings:

Narasimhan: 89-120 [Udyoga Parva]

(10/10)

NO CLASS

(10/12)

NO CLASS

4

(10/15)

Readings:

Narasimhan: 121-159 [Bhīṣma & Droṇa Parvas]

(10/17)

Readings:

Narasimhan: 160-189 [Karṇa, Śalya, & Sauptika Parvas]

(10/19)

*Assignment: in-class Mahābhārata quiz

 

Readings:

Narasimhan: 186-216 [Strī, Śāṅti, Anuśāsana, Aśvamedha, Āśramavāsika, Mausāla, Mahāprasthānika, & Svarga-Ārohaṇika Parvas]

5

(10/22)

*Assignment due: Essay 1 (Mahābhārata)

 

Introduction to Sanskrit Classical Drama

 

Readings:

Johnson ix-xxxii [Intro. & Note on Text and Trans.]

(10/24)

Readings:

Johnson: 107-137 [“Śakuntalā in the Mahābhārata”]

(10/26)

Readings:

Johnson: 1-31 [“The Recognition of Śakuntalā” Acts 1-2]

6

(10/29)

Readings:

Johnson: 32-69 [Acts 3-5]

(10/31)

Readings:

Johnson 70-105  [Acts 6-7]

(11/2)

NO CLASS

7

(11/5)

*Assignment Due: Essay 2 (Śakuntalā)

 

Introduction to South Indian Literature & Cilappatikāram

Readings:

Parthasarathy: xvii-16 [Preface & Introduction]

(11/7)

Readings:

Parthasarathy: 19-81 [Cantos 1-7]

(11/9)

Readings:

Parthasarathy: 82-129 [Cantos 8-12]

8

(11/12)

NO CLASS [Veterans’ Day]

(11/14)

Readings:

Parthasarathy: 130-178 [Cantos 13-17]

(11/16)

Readings:

Parthasarathy: 179-226 [Cantos 18-25]

9

(11/19)

Readings:

Parthasarathy: 227-277 [Canto 26-Epilogue]

(11/21)

*Assignment Due: Creative Project Presentation in-class

 

(11/23)

NO CLASS [Thanksgiving]

10

(11/26)

*Assignment Due: Essay 3 (Cilappatikāram)

 

Introduction to Indian Poetry (Kāvya) & the Gīta-Govinda

Readings:

Stoler-Miller: 3-37 [Introduction]

(11/28)

Readings:

Stoler-Miller: 69-81 [“First & Second Parts”]

(11/30)

Readings:

Stoler-Miller: 82-96 [“Third to Sixth Parts”]

11

(12/3)

Readings:

Stoler-Miller: 97-114 [“Seventh to Tenth Parts”]

(12/5)

Readings:

Stoler-Miller: 115-125 [“Eleventh & Twelfth Part”]

(12/7)

*Assignment Due: (Gīta-Govinda)

Final Discussion & Take-Home Final Essay

Finals

(12/10-12/14)

FINALS WEEK

*Take-home final due Wednesday 12/12/18

 

 

Catalog Description: 
Introduction to ancient and classical Indian literature in its cultural context. Texts in English translation.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Credits: 
5.0
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
October 17, 2018 - 9:40pm
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