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Michael Shapiro
ASIAN 203
Seattle Campus

Literature and Culture of Ancient and Classical India

Introduction to ancient and classical Indian literature in its cultural context. Texts in English translation.

Class description

Students can be expected to gain a general familiarity with some of the major texts of Indian (i.e., South Asian) tradition and civilization. These texts span the period from the middle of the second millennium BCE to the end of the first millennium CE. Texts to be read and discussed include the Rig Veda, the Mahabharata and Bhagavadgita, the Pancatantra, drama and poetry by Kalidasa, and early South Asian lyric poetry. Because this is a "W" course, students will gain practice in writing analytical essays on assigned texts.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lecture/discussion.

Recommended preparation

The most effective technique for success in this course is to read the assigned texts carefully. The course has no formal prerequisites. But students should be prepared to read assigned texts, to discuss them, and to think and write critically about them.

Class assignments and grading

Weekly reading assigments. Weekly study guides with discussion questions.

Midterm examination (20%); final examination (30%); 8-10 page analytic paper (35%); class participation and preparation (15%).


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Additional Information
Last Update by Michael Shapiro
Date: 06/23/2011