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URDU 401 A: Fourth-Year Urdu

Meeting Time: 
MW 2:30pm - 4:20pm
DEN 210
Joint Sections: 
Jennifer Dubrow
Jennifer Dubrow

Syllabus Description:

Hindi 421           हिंदी ४२१
Urdu 401        اردو 401

Autumn 2021


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Prof. Jennifer Dubrow

Office: M212 Gowen Hall [note: on Mezzanine level, above 2nd floor]


Office Hours: TTh 4:30-5 PM and by appointment

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Class Times and Place: MW 2:30-4:20 PM.

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Overall Goals for Quarter and Year. This course counts as 4th-year Hindi (Hindi 421) and 4th-year Urdu (Urdu 401). Because Hindi 421 comprises the short story component of the Advanced Hindi sequence (Hindi 421-422-423-424), this quarter we will focus on the short story, one of the premier genres for 20th-century writing in both Hindi and Urdu. This quarter we will focus our course on two parts. In the first half, we will focus on writing by the great Hindi-Urdu short story writer Saadat Hasan Manto (1912-1955). In the second half, we will study the "New Story" (Nayi Kahani) movement in Hindi, a modernist movement most active in the 1950s. We will read representative stories from the movement.

Grading:  The final grade for Hindi 421/Urdu 401 is based on the following factors:

  • Preparation of the readings before class and participation in class (40%)
  • Bi-weekly written responses of 1-2 pages each  (40%)
  • Final project (20%).

Note on Zoom. Due to COVID-19, this quarter will be taught almost exclusively online using Zoom. There are links to the Zoom meetings for this class on the Zoom portion on Canvas (see Zoom on the menu on the lefthand portion of your screen). Office hours will also be conducted during Zoom.

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Catalog Description: 
Speaking, reading, writing and listening at a native level. Oral discussion, listening comprehension, and composition focused on unedited Urdu texts and films in various genres. First in a sequence of three. Prerequisite: URDU303 Offered: A.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
May 20, 2021 - 3:29am