PRS 384C • Classics of Persian Poetry
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
This introductory survey course, open to undergraduate and graduate students who can read Persian well, both familiarizes students with classic medieval and modern texts of Persian poetry and introduces them to a culture-specific world view and culture-specific conceptions of a classical period, classics, classicism, medieval art, traditionalism, modernism, the nature of poetry, functions and purposes of literary art, and roles of the literary artist. Class lecture and discussion take place in both Persian and English. The required course materials, available at Paradigm Books a day before the second class session, are a packet of Persian texts called "Classics of Persian Poetry."
Course grades are based on class participation (30% of the course grade), recitation (30%), and a termpaper (40%). Undergraduate students write termpapers analyzing a specific poem. Graduate students write research papers. The course has no final examination.