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Jennifer E. Dubrow
ASIAN 207
Seattle Campus

Special Topics in Literature and Culture of Asia

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.

Class description

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

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites.

Class assignments and grading

Midterm and Final exams, short response papers, participation in class discussions


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.
Last Update by Jennifer E. Dubrow
Date: 05/14/2012