1633003 Indological Studies

Numbering Code U-LET13 31633 LJ36 Year/Term 2021 ・ First semester
Number of Credits 2 Course Type special lecture
Target Year Target Student
Language English Day/Period Mon.2
Instructor name KLEBANOV, Andrey (Graduate School of Letters Program-Specific Foreign Language Lecturer)
Outline and Purpose of the Course In this course, we will read and analyse the Vakroktijiivita by Kuntaka (fl. 10th century AD in Kashmir), an influential and yet largely unstudied representative of the Kashmiri alamkaara"saastra-tradtition.

During the first term, we will concentrate on Kuntaka's examination of the basic concepts of the concerned field, which is found in the first chapter (unme.sa) of his work. Among several discussions of great historical relevance, we will encounter Kuntaka’s deliberations about the nature and the classification of “vakrokti” and “vakrataa”, two core concept of the proposed literary theory, and explore his lengthy accounts of such terms as “maarga-” and “gu.na-”.

From the linguistic point of view, the Vakroktijiivita can be read in order to develop one’s skills in reading both technical (“saasrtric) as well as fine (kaavya) literature. The majority of discussed examples are provided with a short commentary, so that the text also provides an opportunity to sharpen one’s skills in reading Sanskrit commentaries.
Course Goals ― to develop understanding of the literary theory proposed by Kuntaka
― to develop understanding of the core concepts of the ala.mkaara"saastra
― to develop skills in reading, understanding and translating "saastric literature in Sanskrit
― to develop skills in reading and understanding Classical Sanskrit kaavya
― to develop skills in reading and understanding of Sanskrit commentaries on kaavya
― to develop skills in reading and interpreting Sanskrit kaavya literature on the basis of its commentaries
Schedule and Contents After an introductory lecture (week 1), during the remaining weeks 2 to 15, we will read, translate and analyse the Vakroktijiivitam by Kuntaka.
Evaluation Methods and Policy Preparation of translations of Sanskrit text at home, active participation in the classroom.
Course Requirements This course is primarily directed at students starting from the third year of Sanskrit and above. No prior exposure to Indian literary theories is necessary.

Classes will be held in English.
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) The students will need to prepare English (or any language) translations of Sanskrit texts