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Fatemeh Shams Esmaeili fshams ASST PROFESSOR A School of Arts and Sciences Near Eastern Languages and Culture
Spring 2020 (Deactivations ONLY)
Fall 2019
Intro To Persian Poetry
This course introduces some of the major genres and themes of the millennium-old Persian poetic tradition from ancient to modern Iran. Epic and romance, love and mysticism, wine and drunkenness, wisdom and madness, body and mind, sin and temptation are some of the key themes that will be explored through a close reading of poems in this course.The course suits undergraduate students of all disciplines, as it requires no prior knowledge of or familiarity with the Persian language or the canon of Persian literature. All teaching materials are available in English translation. Students are expected to attend seminars and take part in discussions
Every Other Term

Sector Requirements

Your department or program fields a variety of courses to meet distinct educational needs. Please explain how this course fits into your department's plan for participating in the general education curriculum of the College. The sector panel will want to know what is distinctive about this course along with the other courses your department lists in the sector that makes them suitable for the sector requirement.
Identifying this course as a General Education course is based on the broad set of humanistic themes, the deep cultural tradition representing approximately a millennium of development, as well as the exposure students will receive to a variety of common methodologies used in the study and analysis of literary forms across Middle Eastern and more generally world literature. The topic of the course is an excellent context in which to humanize and demystify Iranian culture through developing an understanding of its literary forms. The NELC department is endeavoring to enhance its presentation of Iranian studies and representing this field at the level of the General Requirement as well as the newly defined major and minor will increase the intellectual variety and richness that NELC courses bring to undergraduate education at Penn. The course will help to augment the representation of fields of inquiry within NELC in the general education offerings of the department.
Course usually offered in spring term
Arts & Letters Sector
Fatemeh Shams
Standing Faculty
Standing Faculty
Within the NELC curriculum, this course represents the Persian Studies program. But it offers any College student an exposure to the interdisciplinary and humanistic approaches to the literature and culture of the Middle East in the contemporary and historical periods.
Straightening the foundations of the Persian Program at Penn. Exposing the Collage students to an alternative version of Iran and the Middle East through literature and poetry. Attracting more students to the field of Middle Eastern Studies and potentially Persian Studies.

Methods of Assessment

5 response papers (2-3 pages, double space, font 12) during the semester.
One final paper (7-10 pages, 1.5 space, font 12).
Class participation and group-work. Weekly Canvas Responses.

Sector I - Society


Sector II - History and Tradition


Sector III - Arts & Letters

The course is designed to train the students' close reading skills in the field of literature. They will learn how to read, analyze and enjoy a primary literary text in translation. They will also learn about the complexities and politics of translation.
The course is designed to train students' writing skills. Their skills to write critical commentaries on literary texts will be enhanced throughout the semester by writing short and long essays and receiving constant feedback on their essays. The goal is to improve their skills as well as their confidence in their writing skills and written assignments are designed particularly for this reason.
Persian poetic tradition is one of the oldest and richest in the world. Part of its richness lies on a large body of old Persian manuscripts that will be used as teaching materials for this course. Through out training their visual as well as close reading skills, this course aims to train the students to deal with the literary text as a visual as well as textual product. Their appreciation for poetry will be only realized when they can go beyond the text and link it to its artistic surroundings. Students of Art History will particularly benefit from this course.
Persian Poetry is known in the American society through the lens of giant classical poets such as Rumi and Khayyam. This course aims to familiarize the students with both well-known and unknown Persian poets through various cultural and artistic products (i.e. songs, novels, stories, movies, TV shoes) that have been inspired by Persian poetry in one way or another. Each session on each text will start with questions and themes that are somewhat related to the students' daily life and concerns. When needed, the course draws upon parallel examples in other socio-cultural contexts to further expand the students' understanding and appreciation of the Persian literary texts.

Sector IV - Humanities and Social Science


Sector V - Living World


Sector VI - Physical World


Sector VII - Natural Sciences and Mathematics


Administrative Field

College Humanities and Social Science Panel
Fatemeh Shams Esmaeili (fshams) (Thu, 25 Apr 2019 19:39:59 GMT): I have the updated version of my syllabus for sectoring this course. However this page does not allow me to upload it. Please advise.
Richard Dunn (dunnr) (Fri, 26 Apr 2019 14:44:27 GMT): Rollback: Sending back to have updated syllabus attached.
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