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Sanskrit 101A. Elementary Sanskrit
(fall term). M., W., F., 12-1:15pm
Introduction to Classical Sanskrit, the translocal language of intellectual life in South Asia for much of the last two millennia. This course provides the essential grammar and reading proficiency necessary to take up the language’s many rich literary traditions: scripture (Upaniṣad), epic (Rāmāyaṇa and Mahābhārata), poetry, Hindu and Buddhist philosophy, etc. After completing the textbook, we will read a narrative (Hitopadeśa) drawn from one of the most popular literary works in the pre-modern world.
Sanskrit 101B. Elementary Sanskrit
(spring term). M., W., F., 12-1:15pm
Continuation of Sanskrit 101A.
Sanskrit 102AR. Intermediate Sanskrit I
(fall term). M., W., F., 1:30-2:45pm
A reading course designed to give students the tools necessary for advanced study in Classical Sanskrit. Readings in epic (itihāsa) or narrative (kathā), poetry (kāvya) or systematic thought (śāstra) will introduce students to a variety of important genres and their distinctive conventions. A focus upon the Sanskrit tradition’s categories of analysis - grammatical, commentarial and prosodic - will enable students to begin to make sense of original Sanskrit texts as generations of the tradition’s own readers have.
Sanskrit 102BR. Intermediate Sanskrit II
(spring term). M., W., F., 1:30-2:45pm
Continuation of Sanskrit 102AR.
Sanskrit 200AR. Advanced Poetic Sanskrit
(fall term). Tu., Th., 12-2:45pm.
Selected readings from classical Sanskrit literature.
Sanskrit 200BR. Advanced Literary Sanskrit
(spring term). Tu., Th., 12-2:45pm
Selected readings from classical Sanskrit literary theory.