Fall 2017 Course - URDU 3300/7300

Ongoing Mahfil: Readings in Urdu Poetry URDU3300/7300

Instructor: Mehr Farooqi, maf5y@virginia.edu; Monday 6-8:30 pm.

The seminar is taught as a weekly mahfil which means a gathering of people who love literary arts, specially poetry. The syllabus is flexible. It reflects the general mood of the participants; what they want to read. Mostly we read the ghazal form of poetry, analyze and translate. The oral, performative aspect is emphasized. Texts are available in both Urdu and Hindi script. Participants should be able to read and understand the basic language. The response papers and other written assignments are in ENGLISH. Advanced students (graduate) read literary criticism.

Students have to write weekly responses. By the end of the semester we expect everyone to have a fairly high degree of familiarity with the world, or rather the milieu that shaped the poetry. Most students will be able to acquire critical skills in analyzing poetry.

Course work and grade allocation:

  • Weekly response papers 25%
  • Mid-Term paper 15%
  • Translation project 20%
  • Attendance and participation 20%
  • Final paper 20%

Highlight: This semester’s highlight is a live ghazal performance by renowned artiste Pooja Goswami Pavan, October 15, in Old Cabell Hall. Pooja will give a workshop on ghazal performance on October 16 specially for our class.

Come join the mahfil!

Friday, Jul 21, 2017 - 11:45 am