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

Fall 2009

URD 330 • Aesthetics of Genre in Urdu Literature

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
32330 T
6:00 PM-9:00 PM
Wel 3.226

Course Description

This class is structured around the Urdu ghazal, or love lyric, and will explore a variety of issues pertaining to jamaliyat, or Urdu aesthetic sensibilities: How does a text become canonical? What are the rhetorical devices and tropes that make literature good and beautiful in Urdu? To what extent do aesthetic judgments applied to Urdu literature rest upon Perso-Arabic and Sanskrit traditions? How do performers/musicians provide an orientation for written literature? How do Sufi and Bhakti discourses intersect or configure the Urdu ghazal? How have the criteria for aesthetic judgments changed over time? To what extent have women writers as well as Progressive (Marxist) writers affirmed or denied their aesthetic heritage? Poets to be discussed include: Siraj Aurangabadi, Mir Taqi Mir, Momin Khan Momin, Bahadur Shah Zafar, Mirza Ghalib, Muhammad Iqbal, Faiz Ahmad Faiz and Parvin Shakir.

Grading Policy

Class Attendance, Reaction Papers & Participation 40% Mid-Term Exam 30% Final Paper 30%


Nizami Aruzi, The Chahar Maqala Altaf Husayn Hali, Yadgar-e Ghalib Muhammad Husayn Azad, Ab-e Hayat Shamsurrahman Faruqi, Shi\'r shor angez : ghazaliyat-i Mir ka intikhab aur mufassal mutala\'ah Shamsurrahman Faruqi, Tafhim-i Ghalib : qadim o jadid shi\'riyat ki raushni men Ghalib ke muntakhab ash\'ar ki sharh Annemarie Schimmel, A Two-Colored Brocade Frances Pritchett, Nets of Awareness


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