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ASIA 392 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


Status Section Activity Term Interval Days Start Time End Time Comments
  ASIA 392 001 Lecture 1 Mon Wed Fri 12:00 13:00

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 the beauties of classical Persian literature through its various figures, 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 now associated with Persian literary modernity). Having no prerequisites, the course provides you with the opportunity to read many contextualized instances of Persian literature created during the above period in Persia/the Greand~

ater, 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, writers, forms, and themes. Since classical Persian literature has affected the shaping of the modern worlds of Persian-speaking nations and communities, the course will also help you in understanding the present-day Iran, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan as well as the diasporic communities associated with these nation-states. Though briefly, we will be discussing what is lost (and gained) in translation as well as how classical Persian literature has contributed to world literature, too. The course will include lectures, video screening, group activities and presentations. Over the coand~

urse of the term, students will be led in groups to collectively create a Digital Anthology of CPL in English Translation.

Blocked ASIA 392 W01 Waiting List 1 Mon Wed Fri 12:00 13:00

Registering for this section does not mean you are enrolled in the course, this is a waitlist section. Students will be moved off the waitlist into the course automatically once there is space. For more information including our department priority guidelines please see: http://www.asia.ubc.ca/undergraduate/department-wait-lists/