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Course Name:Survey of Ethiopian Literature ( # By Dr. Chanyalew Sisay; Course Code: ELAm 2094

The course mainly deals with the following major themes: Origin and Course Description development of Ge’ez and Amharic alphabet, the origin and development of Amharic Literature, the panegyric poems of the six Ethiopian kings, factors for the rise and /or fall of Amharic Literature in early periods, the emergence of Amharic fictional Literature, major works and prominent writers in Amharic Literature. Within the above frameworks, this course concentrates on Ethiopian literature written in Amharic and other languages in the various times. The origin and development of Ethiopian literature in Amharic, the characteristics and the major thematic preoccupation, the literary, social, cultural and political significances of the works of different writers and the major discourses will be dealt. Key Topics 1. Origin and development of Ge’ez and Amharic alphabet, 2. the origin and development of Amharic Literature, 3. factors for the rise and /or fall of Amharic Literature in early periods, 4. the emergence of Amharic fictional Literatur



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