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ASIA 392 001 (Lecture)

Classical Persian Literature in English Translation

Works of classical Persian literature dating from the tenth to the seventeenth century (in English translation).

This course is eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. To determine whether you can take this course for Credit/D/Fail grading, visit the Credit/D/Fail website. You must register in the course before you can select the Credit/D/Fail grading option.

Credits: 3

Location: Vancouver

Term 1 (Sep 03, 2019 to Nov 29, 2019)

Cr/D/F Grading Change Dates

Last day to change between Credit/D/Fail and percentage grading (grading options cannot be changed after this date): September 17, 2019


Withdrawal Dates
Last day to withdraw without a W standing : September 17, 2019
Last day to withdraw with a W standing
(course cannot be dropped after this date) :
October 11, 2019

TermDay Start TimeEnd TimeBuildingRoom
1 Mon Wed Fri15:0016:00BuchananD217
Instructor: ABEDINIFARD, MOSTAFA


Seat Summary
Total Seats Remaining:3
Currently Registered:52
General Seats Remaining:3
Restricted Seats Remaining*:0
-  If this course is blocked please sign up for the waitlist section. Students will be placed into the class based off our department priority guidelines. For more information please visit: http://www.asia.ubc.ca/undergraduate/department-wait-lists/ (Is the class blocked even though there are a few seats that are free? This is normal. Please check our website for what this means.) A solid background in Persian literature is useful for anyone who wants a better understanding of Asia and the Middle East. With the presumption that through literatures, we can visit cultures and times impossible for us to experience ourselves, this course will take you on a journey to get a taste of classical Persian literature and its various genres, themes, and imagery, in English translation, from the 10th century (when the New Persian language emerged) to the mid-19th century (when Persian literature experienced a paradigm shift later associated with Persian literary modernity). Having no prerequisites, the course provides you with the opportunity to read many instances of Persian literature created during the above period in Persia/the Greater Iran, that is, in regions that today &~ would include the present-day Iran, Central Anatolia, and Central Asia; as well as in India. The course readings are organized chronologically, covering a variety of poets, authors, forms and themes. Though briefly, we will also discuss what is lost (and gained) in translation as well as how classical Persian literature has contributed to world literature. The course will include 2 lectures, group activities, and video screening. By the end of the course, the students will put together a Digital Anthology of Classical Persian Literature in English Translation.

Book Summary :
Title Reqd/Opt/Rel Author ISB
No Text Required Required NO TEXT REQUIRED 281000028734