This course is designed for students who already have completed Advanced Hindi I at the university level or its equivalent. In this course, students will be required to read, analyze, and discuss selected short texts of various genres, including online materials. Students will be expected to develop and enhance their linguistic skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Students will be exposed to a variety of Hindi literary materials (literary figures, short stories, essays, Internet articles, magazine articles, excerpts from novels, and poetry). Students will also view films (virtually) based on well-known literary texts. Although grammar will not be as strongly emphasized as in the previous classes, review of complex grammatical structures and word formation as well as unusual and idiomatic constructions will be reviewed.

Close reading, listening, and viewing will allow students to expand their formal vocabulary and to develop their skills in interpreting, discussing, debating, analyzing and critiquing ideas presented using the target language. In addition, since language and culture are so deeply interrelated, we will explore various aspects of South Asian culture. The texts will mainly focus on Indian situations, in order to get students better acquainted with the cultural side of India and Hindi-speaking communities. In addition, students will improve their understanding of the socio-cultural patterns and linguistic diversity of the Hindi language by exposure to various modern literary dialects. The course will use a large number of writers because of their unique importance within the canons of vernacular South Asian literature. Their writings will not only familiarize the students with the cultural milieu of South Asia but also with various threads of social, political and historical developments in the region. research specific This course is designed to meet the individual needs of the student by addressing areas of weakness in language proficiency. Since this is an advanced level course, students are encouraged to independently areas of interest with prior approval by the instructor. The course will be conducted largely in Hindi.