Seminar : Indian Literature

lglor2941  2020-2021  Louvain-la-Neuve

Seminar : Indian Literature
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information below is subject to change, in particular that concerning the teaching mode (presential, distance or in a comodal or hybrid format).
5 credits
30.0 h
Q1

  This biannual learning unit is not being organized in 2020-2021 !

Teacher(s)
Language
French
Prerequisites
None, but a knowledge of the general framework of ancient Indian literature is useful (acquired by obligatory reading of a basic work and an anthology).
Main themes
The seminar might treat any of the literature of classical India, that is to say principally that written in Sanskrit, but also that in the middle Indo-Aryan and in the Dravidian languages, according to successive epochs and/or different genres.
Aims

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 At the end of this seminar, the student will be able of finding his way in the different sectors of ancient Indian literature, notably Sanskrit, and of producing a written synthesis on a chosen theme.
 
Content
By the means of a theme, selected and introduced by the lecturer, the objective of the seminar is that the student should show, when working alone, on the basis of a written work, his capacity to find his way in the different sectors of ancient Indian  literature, notably in Sanskrit, and to select the texts relevant to the subject, to introduce them in a philologically rigorous and historically correct fashion, and to synthesise in a critical manner the state of research attached to the subject.
The seminar might treat any of the literature of classical India , that is to say principally that in Sanskrit, but also that in middle Indo-Aryan (Pali, Prakrits) and in the Dravidian languages (ancient Tamill Malayam), according to successive epochs and/or different genres: Vedic texts (Veda-Samhitas, Brahmanas, Upanishads, Vedangas; Buddhist and Jaina, canonic and para-canonic literature; epics (Mahabharata and Ramayana), puranas, treatises of the Dharma and other Hindu religious texts; philosophical  (darçanas etc.) and scientific literature; Artha and Kamaçastras, grammar and poetry; belles lettres or Kavya, lyrical , dramatical and narrative.
Teaching methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

The seminar will be introduced by one or two seances given by the teacher, who will introduce the chosen theme. Afterwards, each of the students will give one séance on the basis of their written work.
Evaluation methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

The final marks are based on an evaluation of a written piece of work ans its oral presentation during the exam.
Other information
English-friendly course: course taught in French but offering facilities in English.
Bibliography
Lectures obligatoires :
- L. Renou, Les littératures de l'Inde (Que sais-je ? 503), Paris, 1966²;
- L. Renou, Anthologie sanskrite. Textes de l'Inde ancienne traduits du sanskrit, Paris, 1947.
Lectures complémentaires :
- M. Winternitz, Geschichte der indischen Litteratur, 3 vols., Leipzig, 1908-1922 ; cf. english revised transl.: A History of Indian Literature, 3 vols., Delhi, 1981-1985.
- J. Gonda dir., A History of Indian Literature, Wiesbaden, 10 vols., 1973-.
- P.-S. Filliozat dir., Dictionnaire des littératures de l'Inde, Paris, 2001².
Faculty or entity


Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Sigle
Credits
Prerequisites
Aims
Master [60] in Ancient Languages and Literatures : Oriental Studies

Master [120] in Ancient Languages and Literatures: Oriental Studies