Language and Literature

Penn Students can enroll in language courses and find resources through the Penn Language Center.

Language Resources

South Asian Languages at the University of Pennsylvania

Connects to information on Penn's language programs, including Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati, Bengali, Panjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Sinhala and Pashto. Covers a wide array of regions, including those in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Also includes information on classical language programs such as Sanskrit and Pali.

South Asia Summer Language Institute (SASLI)

This program of the University of Wisconsin-Madison draws students in for an intensive series of summer courses revolving around languages including Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Malayalam, Marathi, Pashto, Sanskrit, Sinhala, Tamil, Teluhu, Tibetan and Urdu.

Gujarati Language and Literature

Put together by Penn lecturer Babu Suthar, this page brings together information on the Gujarati language, spoken by around 5 percent of the population of India and based in the state of Gujurat. It includes dictionaries, language instructionals, fonts and links to literature.

New Directions, New People: Web based Hindi Materials

A Penn project of faculty members Dr. Vijay Gambhir and Dr. Surendra Gambhir, the page aims to help those with some grounding in Hindi who want to learn more receive online language instruction.

Literature Resources

 South Asia Material Project’s Open Archives Initiative 

The SAMP Open Archives initiative creates and maintains a collection of open access materials for the study of South Asia. This major collaborative initiative is aimed at addressing the current scarcity of digital resources pertinent to South Asian studies and at making collections more widely accessible both to North American scholars and to researchers elsewhere in the world.

The South Asian Literary Recordings Project

A project of the Library of Congress New Dehli office, this project involves voice recordings of South Asian authors, spanning across Sanskrit, Urdu, Sindhi, Gujarati, Mashmiri, Rajasthani, Marathi, Konkani, Kannada, Malayalam, Tibetan, Nepali, Newari, Hindi, Panjabi, Bengali, Assamese, Oriya, Telugu, Tamil and Sinhalese languages. Concerns itself mostly with fiction literature.

Boipara: An Online Archive of Bengali Literature

The website - written in Bengali - brings together Bengali Literature, Bengali E-Books and Bengali Little Magazines, an important movement in Bengali literature.

Children's Books from Bengal: A Documentation

An archive of child and young adult literature that traces the medium from the 19th to early 20th century, offering a critical reappraisal of the works.