This biannual learning unit is not being organized in 2020-2021 !
At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.