Featured Courses: Punjabi Film and Literature

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Punjabi Cinema – ASIA 365

Everyone has heard about Bollywood, but that is not the only game in town!

ASIA 365, Punjabi Cinema, is your chance to understand Punjabi culture in a completely new way. If you take this class, you’ll understand not only more about Punjabi film in relation to South Asian film overall, but also about the history of modern Punjab as a region and as a Diaspora community. You’ll also have a whole lot of fun watching very LONG movies!


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Winter 2017
No ASIA course(s) were found for W2017 term.


Punjabi Literature – PUNJ 401 & 402

Each of these classes will allow students to explore Punjabi and Punjabi literature to the fullest. You may think you know Punjabi, but you don’t until you know the texts we study in these classes.

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PUNJ 401, Devotional Literature in Punjabi, will introduce students to devotional literature in Punjabi, drawing primarily but not exclusively on readings from the Adi Granth or Guru Granth Sahib. The work of the Sikh Gurus and the Bhagats (primarily Kabir and Baba Farid) will both be examined. We will also examine Sufi literature in Punjabi, primarily the work of Bulhe Shah. Secondary literature about the poetry and history of the period will be read in English.


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Winter 2017
No PUNJ course(s) were found for W2017 term.


Punj 402 - Punjabi Literature_wide

PUNJ 402, Medieval and Early Modern Punjabi Literature, will explore secondary literature on Sufi (Islamic mystical) narrative traditions in Hindavi/Avadhi and Punjabi, and read together Waris Shah’s Heer in both Gurmukhi (the script utilized for Punjabi in India) and Shahmukhi (the Perso-Arabic script used for Urdu and Persian, which is utilized to write Punjabi in Pakistan). (Students must know one of these scripts to take the course.) Those unfamiliar with one of the scripts will receive instruction accordingly, allowing us to read “across scripts” in the class.


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Winter 2017
No PUNJ course(s) were found for W2017 term.


Who will be teaching these courses

cropped-Anne-Murphy-Profile2.jpgAnne Murphy is Associate Professor in the Department of Asian Studies at UBC. She is a cultural historian who focuses on the vernacular literary and religious traditions of Punjab. Her current work focuses on the history of the Punjabi language and the emergence of Punjabi literature in the early modern and modern periods.