Course code LitZ1079
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Credit points, number of lectures
Credit points ECTS Credit points Total number of auditorium hours Number of lecture hours Number of student independent work hours
2 3 32 32 48
Course annotation

This course is to introduce students to Indian medieval literature in Sanskrit, to formation of Indian national literatures in Dravidic and Indo-European languages, and in English. Literary topics will be discussed in connection with the most important issues of history and social changes in the society.

After this course BA students should be able to understand the major tendencies of the development of Indian literatures from the 4th up to the 19th centuries; they should be able to interpret and explain the literary phenomena of thisperiod in reference to the most important political events of the time.
Course plan

1. Sanskrit drama, Kālidāsa and Bhavabhūti. L 4h
2. Ānadavardhana, Dhvanyakoka. L 2h
3. Sanskrit prose, Hitopadēsha, L 2h
4. Tamil literature, its poetic tradition, L 4h
5. Formation of the Urdu literary tradition, L 4h
6. The impact of European literatures on the national literatures of India, L 2h
7. The literatures of India in the 19th century, newspapers. L 4h
8. The reanissance of the Bengali literature in the 19th century. L 2h.
9. Writings of R. Tagore. L 8h.
Requirements for obtaining credit points
Students are to attend lectures, present a paper (50%), pass a written exam (50%).

Study programmes Asian Studies