ENGL 284 Spring 2015 Arab and Anglophone: Narratives Beyond Nation and Diaspora

Cross Listed as ARAB256, COMP256
This course takes a close look at contemporary Anglophone Arab writings. The objective is to familiarize students with major Arab writers, and/or writers of Arab descent who live in the Anglo-Saxon diaspora, especially the UK, North America and Australia. We will investigate the work of these writers with special attention to the history of Arab migration to these geographies, and the emergence of hyphenated Arab identities and literatures. At the heart of this course is a desire to not only shed light on what it means to be an Arab or an immigrant producing English literature, but also to understand the multiple ways in which we conceptualize and seek to define what transnational literature means. Texts for this course may include novels by the following writers: Rabih Alameddine (Lebanon/USA), Mohja Kahf (Syria/USA), Leila Aboulela (Sudan/UK), Hisham Matar (Libya/UK), and Randa Abdel-Fattah (Palestine-Egypt/Australia). There will also be a course reader that includes critical essays, poems, as well as a number of films and selections of music that shed light on the different articulations of being Arab and Anglophone.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: active class participation, 4 short response assignments (2-3 pages), and final paper (5-7 pages)
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: majors or prospective majors in Comparative Literature or Arabic Studies
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Divisional Attributes: Division I
Other Attributes: ARAB Arabic Studies Electives, INST Borders, Exiles + Diaspora Studies Electives,INST Middle Eastern Studies Electives
Enrollment Limit: 25
Expected Enrollment: 15
Class Number: 3010
CLASSES ATTR INSTRUCTORS TIMES CLASS NUMBER
ENGL 284 - 01 (S) SEM Arab & Anglophone Narratives Division 1: Languages and the Arts Amal Eqeiq
MR 2:35 PM-3:50 PM 3010
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