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Advanced Readings in Sanskrit Literature


Admission requirements

Successul completion of 5482K2SA Sanskrit 4. Please, contact the student advisor or Dr. D. Cuneo, if you are interested in taking this course, but do NOT fulfill the above mentioned requirement.


The course consists of intensive readings of advanced Sanskrit literature, selected in consultation with the instructor, and discussion of recent scholarship in the field. The course aims at developing a text-critical attitude in reading advanced Sanskrit literature, making use of various tools and sources available for establishing and interpreting the texts. Students write a 3,000 word paper about a subject related to the text studied during the course, which should included analysis and translation of original Sanskrit sources.

Course objectives

  • Advanced comprehension of Sanskrit literature and recent scholarship in the field.

  • Expanding vocabulary, grammar and reading skills.

  • Making use of commentaries and other primary sources.

  • Developing a text-critical attitude.

  • Writing an analytic paper making use of primary Sanskrit source materials.



Mode of instruction

  • Seminar

Attendance and participation are obligatory. Classes missed for a good reason (to the discretion of the conveners and to be discussed BEFORE the class takes place) will have to be made up with an extra assignment. Being absent without notification can result in a lower grade or exclusion from the term end exams and a failing grade for the course.

Course Load

  • Classes (13×2) and exams (2×2): 30 hours

  • Preparation and revision of set texts and additional literature: 110 hours

  • Reading for and writing 3,000 word analytic paper: 140 hours

  • Total: 280 hours (10 EC x 28 hours)

Assessment method

  • Translation in class (tr) : 20%

  • Translation in class (tr) : 20%

  • Paper (wp), 3,000 words: 60%

The final paper is written in two stages: a first version which will be commented on and a final version. Students who do not meet the deadline for the first version (14 December 2016) will lose the right to get comments and will only be graded based on their final version (due on 24 January 2017).

In order to pass the course, students must obtain an overall mark of 5.50 (=6) or higher.

The course is an integrated whole. The final examination and the assignments must be completed in the same academic year. No partial marks can be carried over into following years.


Blackboard is used as the main means for communication and for distribution of additional course materials.
Students are requested to register on Blackboard for this course.

Reading list

The texts to be read are announced at an introductory meeting. Students are requested to contact the instructor beforehand.


Students of the BA program South and Southeast Asia Studies are required to register through uSis before August/January 15. To avoid mistakes and problems, students are strongly advised to register in uSis through the activity number which can be found in the timetable in the column under the heading “Act.nbr.”.

Interested students from the MA Asian Studies need to contact the secretariat by e-mail clearly giving the course code and their student ID number to get registered for this course.

Not being registered, means no permission to attend this course. See also the ‘Registration procedures for classes and examinations’ for registration deadlines and more information on how to register.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

(Studeren à la carte is not possible for this course.)


Dr. D Cuneo