Jennifer E. Dubrow
Introduction to the literature of one or more Asian traditions considered in its cultural context. Content varies depending on the specialization and interest of instructor. Texts in English translation.
Autumn 2012: A Thousand and One Narrators: Masterpieces of Story Literature from India and Beyond
This course covers masterpieces of story literature from India and surrounding regions, with focus on The Mahabharata, The Adventures of Amir Hamza, and The Arabian Nights. Each of these texts has had wide influence on Eastern and Western literatures and continues to inspire rich performance and literary traditions today. Class sessions will cover historical and cultural context, and discussion of major themes such as curiosity and fate. No prior knowledge is assumed, and all works will be read in English translation.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Lecture and discussion
Class assignments and grading
Midterm and Final exams, short response papers, participation in class discussions