NEAR EASTERN LANGUAGES & CIVLZT
Fall 2019 (Deactivations ONLY)
Modern Arabic Literature
This course is a study of modern Arabic literary forms such as the free verse poem, the prose-poem, drama, the novel, and the short story. The class examines issues related to Arabic culture and identity in the modern and post- modern era through the study of Arabic literature. The aim of the course is to introduce students to key samples of modern Arabic literature which trace major social and political developments in Arab society. All readings will be in English translations. The class will also address the role of translation in shaping modern Arabic literary forms and creating the image of Arabic literature in other languages. Recent topics have included: Arab Women and War, Modernism and Arabic Poetry, The Arabic Free Verse movement.
Every Other Term
Your department or program fields a variety of courses to meet distinct educational needs. Please explain how this course fits into your department's plan for participating in the general education curriculum of the College. The sector panel will want to know what is distinctive about this course along with the other courses your department lists in the sector that makes them suitable for the sector requirement.
Arabic and Islamic Studies is a major area of specialization within NELC, but is poorly represented among the General Requirement courses currently rostered by the Department. This course helps to address that need with a broad survey of modern Arabic literature that introduces students to the social and cultural context of the varies genres of Arabic literature. The course aims to make the study of, and appreciation for Arabic literature, more accessible by offering a survey course taught in translation. The course is a stand alone introduction to the issues and methodologies of the discipline but may also serve as a gateway to additional courses in NELC.
Course not offered every year
Arts & Letters Sector
This course is an introductory course in the NELC major. The course benefits students interested in the literature and history of the Middle East. It is also relevant to students of the modernist movement in the English and other European traditions.
1. The ability to identify some of the important literary themes and trends in Modern Arabic poetry
2. The ability to apply some of the basic approaches of critical theory to works of literature and especially to close-readings of poetry
3. Skills in the use of literary and critical sources
5 Written Responses (5 pages each): The writing assignments will either be a close reading of one of the poems or a response to one of the critical readings.
One 12 to15 page paper: This assignment is a research paper in which student focus on a poet or a school of poetry or a recurrent theme. The study must focus on close reading of texts in addition to supplementary research. Student's also have the option of taking a comparative approach by drawing on other poetic traditions you are familiar with. The issue of translation may be focus as well.
Weekly informal class presentations
A final conference-like presentation on the topic of the final paper
Sector II - History and Tradition