HIN4010 – Hindi Literature, Linguistics and Performance Studies

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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Course content

The course has a flexible structure in order to accommodate the individual study interests of the students. Thus, there exists no predetermined curriculum but it will be fixed at the beginning of each course. However, the themes are confined to three large subject areas: Hindi literature, linguistics and performance studies. Within Hindi literature potential topics are: reading of a recent bestseller or trendsetting work; study of a particular author or of one of the trends of 20th Century Hindi literature; study of Hindi newspapers or film scripts. Within linguistics possible topics are: recent trends in Hindi linguistics; linguistic history of Hindi; Hindi and corpus linguistics. Within performance studies possible topics are: theories of oral performance, oral epics in India and Pakistan, folk theatre traditions.

Learning outcome

The course deepens and enlarges the students’ mastery of Hindi. They will acquire a level of language competence that allows them independent handling of almost any Hindi text. In addition, the students will substantially have broadened their intercultural competence and thus their scope of dealing with the different cultures of India.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

Admission to a relevant Masters program. The course is primarily aimed at students taking South Asian Studies.

Recommended previous knowledge

Good knowledge of English.


Spring 2021: Teaching will follow the guidelines for preventing the spread of Covid-19.

A detailed plan for the semester will show which activities will be digital.

There will not be a requirement for compulsory attendance for teaching in the spring of 2021, but we strongly recommend that you follow all the teaching.

10-week seminar (2 hours/week) with class readings, sessions on computers and intermittent lecture-style presentations by teacher and students.


Compulsory activity:

Oral presentation of the term paper in class, along with a 1-2 pp. written handout/"abstract".

All compulsory activities must be approved in order to qualify for the exam. It is the student’s responsibility to check whether or not the compulsory activities are approved. This is how you apply for valid absence from compulsory activities/compulsory attendance.


Term paper submitted in Inspera (8-10 pp., footnotes and appendices excluded) on a relevant topic to be agreed upon. 

The term paper must be presented orally in class, along with a 1-2 pp. written handout/"abstract", before it can be submitted.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






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