- Code SKRT6003
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Culture History and Language
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Sanskrit
- Areas of interest Asian Languages
All activities that form part of this course will be delivered remotely in Semester 2 2020.
Advanced Sanskrit Literature B is a high-level reading course in Sanskrit literature. The four-year Sanskrit program is designed to introduce students to the broadest possible range of literary genres, including epic narrative, courtly poetry, drama, and sutras. This course introduces final-year students to Vedic Sanskrit, the precursor of Classical Sanskrit, through the investigation of a range of Vedic texts representing different aspects of the language, thought, and practices of the thought-world of the Vedas.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Develop sophisticated independent translations of Vedic texts and employ specialist reference materials with an advanced level of competence.
- Demonstrate significant development of an understanding of Vedic grammar and an appreciation of the linguistic registers of the root text in contrast with other genres of Sanskrit literature.
- Demonstrate sustained consideration of the influences of oral/aural textual transmission upon textual composition and be able to apply this awareness to textual analysis and interpretation.
- Identify connections between key concerns in Vedic religious culture and their expression through the language, style, and structure of Vedic texts.
- Engage critically with past and present scholarship on Vedic texts and culture.
- Pursue independent lines of inquiry in the development of an individual research project on Vedic texts.
On successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to engage at an Advanced level of Sanskrit.
Students with native speaker proficiency (may include cognate languages and dialects) must review the language proficiency assessment site and contact the CAP Student Centre for appropriate enrolment advice. Students with previous “language experience or exposure” are required to undertake a language proficiency assessment to ensure enrolment at the most appropriate level.
Relevant past experience includes:
- Previous study of the language (both formal and informal, for example but not limited to, at school, or, home, or through online activities, etc.)
- Being exposed to the language in childhood via a family member or friend
- Travel or living in a country where the language is spoken
- The language being spoken in your home (even if you do not speak it yourself)
Students who are not sure if they need to undertake a language proficiency assessment should seek advice from the course or language convenor. Students who intentionally misrepresent their language proficiency level may be investigated under the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 as having failed to comply with assessment directions and having sought unfair advantage. This may results in a penalty such as reduced grades or failure of the course.
Students are not permitted to enrol in a language course below one that they have already successfully completed, except with permission of the language and/or course convenor.
- Written research proposal including a sample of original textual analysis and preliminary investigation of relevant secondary scholarship. (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
- Translation of unseen Vedic Sanskrit texts. (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Submission of independent research paper including original translations and textual analysis and demonstrating critical engagement with relevant secondary scholarship. (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
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The total workload for the subject is 130 hours over 12 weeks of class and the examination period.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Lanman, C. A Sanskrit Reader.
Macdonell, A. Vedic Reader.
Macdonell, A. Vedic Grammar.
Olivelle, P. The Early Upanishads.
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