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PR4020 Introduction to Classical Persian Literature

SCOTCAT credits:15
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Availability restrictions:Entry to Persian Honours programme
Planned timetable:To be arranged.

This module will offer students the initial tools for reading classical Persian poetry and prose. It will provide the basic historical and analytical knowledge needed for the critical understanding of major genres and themes in classical Persian literature. It will also familiarize students with the literary schools instrumental in the development of the Persian literary heritage. Through the study of selected texts, students will learn about the figures of speech, poetic and prose structures and imagery common to classical Persian literary texts. They will also read brief biographies of several key figures in Persian classical literature and read and translate at least one sample work by each author.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for Persian

UG Pre-requisite(s):Permission of the Persian Honours Adviser

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:2-hour seminar plus surgery hour.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 22
  • Guided independent study: 128

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 0%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 100%
UG As used by St Andrews:Coursework = 100%
UG Re-assessment:5,000 word essay


Module coordinator:Dr S Talajooy
Module teaching staff:Dr S Talajooy