An Advanced Course in Bengali (An Old and Rare Book)
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An Advanced Course in Bengali (An Old and Rare Book)

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Item Code: NAN309
Author: Ernest Bender and Theodore Riccardi
Publisher: South Asia Regional Studies, University of Pennsylvania
Language: Bengali and English
Edition: 1978
Pages: 330
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 9.0 inch X 6.0 inch
Weight 410 gm

The present volume is one in a series of experimental language works sponsored by the United States Office of Education and has been designed for use at the college or university level for a third year of study. It presupposes that the student has already studied the language for two years and is familiar with the materials presented in one of the more widely used introductory courses.

The book is divided into three parts. Part I consists of a review grammar and reading texts and is divided into eight chapters. Chapter I presents the script and is intended mainly for reference. Chapters II to VII present grammatical discussions with examples, exercises, and readings with notes and questions for oral discussion. Chapter VIII provides a key to the exercises and approximate English translations of the Bengali reading passages.

Part II consists of twenty-two selections from Bengali prose literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The selections are arranged in chronological order, beginning with Debendranath Tagore's Atmajibani and ending with Saiyad Mujtaba Ali's Pancatantra. Each selection is preceded by a brief introduction giving biographical information about the author and placing the selection in the context of the author's work. English versions of these introductions will be found at the end of this introduction.

Part III consists of twenty-one readings in the humanities and the social sciences. The subjects covered include art and archaeology, anthropology, and folklore, religion, linguistics, literary criticism, history, politics, philosophy, and the classical literature of India. In making these selections, we have tried to include texts which are representative of each discipline as a whole. All of the texts are from works which are readily available both in India and the United States so that should a student choose to continue reading in a particular work he will have no trouble in locating it. We have also included below selected bibliographies in the disciplines for further reading.

It is not expected that every student will find it necessary to start at the beginning of this work and proceed through to the end. Since advanced Bengali classes are usually small, the teacher can direct his attention to the specific needs of individual students. Not all will have to work through the review lessons in part I, but some will find it necessary and all may use them for reference. Part II is intended for those whose interest is primarily in literature. Part III should be used selectively, each person reading first the texts in his own and related disciplines and increasing his proficiency in the language of those disciplines through further readings in the bibliographies.


Part I Review Grammar and Reading Texts  
Chapter I The Bengali Script : Vowels. Consonants. 1
Chapter II The Noun : The Nominative Case. 5
Chapter III The Noun : Oblique Cases : Objective. 15
Chapter IV The Present Progressive Tense. The Imperative. 21
Chapter V Pronouns : Personal, Impersonal. Demonstrative Pronouns and Adjectives. 27
Chapter VI The Verbal Noun. The Verbal Adjective. 40
Chapter VII The Past Habitual Tense. Conditional Sentences. 59
Chapter VIII Key to Exercises. English Version of the Reading Passages. 73
Part II Selections From Bengali Literature  
1 Debendranath Tagore 94
2 Vidyasagar 99
3 Bankim Chandra Chatterji 103
4 Sibnath Sastri 107
5 Swami Vivekananda 109
6 Rabindranath Tagore 112
7 Rabindranath Tagore 115
8 Dinesh Chandra Sen 117
9 Pramatha Chaudhuri 121
10 Abanindranath Tagore 125
11 Sarat Chandra Chatterji 131
12 Parashuram 135
13 Bibhuti Bhusan Banerji 141
14 Bibhuti Bhusan Mukherji 145
15 Jibanananda Das 150
16 Annada Shankar Ray 152
17 Annada Shankar Ray 157
18 N. Gangopadhyaya 159
19 Father Dautien 164
20 Pramatha Nath Bisi 167
21 Saiyad Mujtaba Ali 170
Part III Readings in the Humanities and Social Sciences  
A Art and Archaeology 174-183
B Anthropology and Folklore 194-198
C Religion 219-226
D Linguistics 230-235
E Literary Criticism 240-247
F History 252-258
G Politics 266-271
H Philosophy 276-289
I Classical Literature 294-313


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