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Dr. Martha Selby, Chair 120 INNER CAMPUS DR STOP G9300 WCH 4.134 78712-1251 • 512-471-5811

Spring 2009

HIN 330 • Panorama of Hindi Literature

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
31060 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
MEZ 1.120

Course Description

In this course we will study key Hindi texts, in the original, from half a millennium of literary development. Our survey will include selections from the devotional verse in the Braj Bhasha and Awadhi dialects by 16th-century "poet-saints" such as Surdas, Mirabai and Tulsidas; we will also read poetry composed under the patronage of regional courts in the 17th and 18th centuries, examining its connectivities to the devotional poets and also to older and broader Indian poetic themes such as love, the world, and the poets' own reflections on the art (and craft) of poetry. As we move on to explore texts from the 19th century we will witness the arrivalof two new guests at the table: modern standard Hindi in the Khari Boli dialect, and English-influenced genres such as prose fiction and free verse. With the transition into literary modernity we will encounter classics from the 20th-century canon, including short stories, satire, autobiography and poetry. Our survey will not be strictly chronological but will trace themes and sensibilities across periods and genres. Textual selections will be studied in their cultural context with the help of English-medium histories, with glossaries and translations being provided when necessary. The Braj and Awadhi texts will be accompanied by a full range of supportive material: students are not expected to have any prior knowledge of these dialects nor to have any great difficulty in encountering them for the first time. Students with five semesters of Hindi study, or equivalent knowledge, will be eligible to take this class.

Grading Policy

Five short articles on individual authors/genres (@ 10%) 50% Term paper (10 pages) 25% Take-home exam 25%


Kabir - Bijak / Granthavali Tulsidas - Ramcaritmanas Surdas - Sursagar Mirabai - Padavali Biharilal - Satsai Sundardas - Sundar-vilas Banarasidas - Ardhakathanak Lallulal - Premsagar Bharatendu Harishchandra - Bharat ki durdasha Premcand - Kafan Sharad Joshi - short satirical pieces Harivansh Rai Bachchan - Kya bhulun kya yad karun (autobiography) Mahadevi Verma, Agyeya, Kedarnath Singh, Vinod Kumar Shukla, Manglesh Dabral, Savita Singh - poetry selections


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