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Sāhitya Landscape

In the Hindu literary tradition, literary compositions inculcate awareness and sensibility of Dharma in the minds of both the commoner and the connoisseur. As with all śāstras in the Indic knowledge traditions, kāvya and kāvya-śāstra, i.e. literary composition and the theory of composition have a well instituted and standardized methodology, structure and system. This is the first course in a sequence of four courses that together provide a systematic exploration of specific theories of Sanskrit literary composition and illustrations of works of literature that bring those theories to life.

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Course Code: SAN 5103

Credit Hours: 3

Course Level: 500

$930.00

In the Hindu literary tradition, literary compositions inculcate awareness and sensibility of Dharma in the minds of both the commoner and the connoisseur. As with all śāstras in the Indic knowledge traditions, kāvya and kāvya-śāstra, i.e. literary composition and the theory of composition have a well instituted and standardized methodology, structure and system. This is the first course in a sequence of four courses that together provide a systematic exploration of specific theories of Sanskrit literary composition and illustrations of works of literature that bring those theories to life.

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Course content:

This course explores the landscape of Sanskrit literature, theories of literary composition as well as specific authors and their works. The fundamental features, classifications, and theories of prose, poetry, drama, and campū (mixed medium) literature are explored in this course along with illustrations of poetic elements from the epic poetries of Rāmāyaṇa and Mahābhārata.

In this course students will be able to:

  1. Understand the landscape of classical literature and poetics in Sanskrit
  2. Understand the elements of aesthetics and its experience according to the Indic theories in poetics
  3. Independently identify the type and nature of a kāvya and appreciate the elements of aesthetics and poetics imbued in it

Area of Study: Sanskrit Studies

Required / Elective: Required

Prerequisites:  Admission into the Masters Certificate or MA in Sanskrit Program

Faculty / Instructor:  Prof Madhusudan Penna

Quarter Offered:  Summer 2020

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