COMP 228 Fall 2012 Modern Arabic Literature in Translation (D) (W)

Cross Listed as ARAB228
In this course we will study prominent texts and authors of the modern Arab world. The range of genres and themes of this literature is vast. In particular, we will analyze the debates around modernity and the importance given to social engagement in these texts. Our readings include works by authors that have received some notoriety outside of the Arab world such as Naguib Mahfouz, winner of the Nobel Prize for literature in 1988. We will also read the Iraqi poets Nazik al-Malaika and Badr Shakir al-Sayyab, the Palestinians Ghassan Kanafani and Mahmoud Darwish, and Tayyib Salih from the Sudan. Included in our readings are the famous autobiography by the Moroccan Muhammad Shukri as well as women's literature by Hanan al-Sheikh, Huda Barakat and Nawal Sadawi. All readings are in English. This literature course fulfils the requirements of the Exploring Diversity Initiative (EDI), as it engages the Arab world from a humanistic perspective that aims to promote cultural awareness. A fundamental goal of the course is to engage the diversity of approaches to sexuality, religion, gender and politics that are so prominent in contemporary literature from the Arab world.
Class Format: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: active and consistent class participation, two short paper (3-5 pages) and a final paper (5-7 pages)
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Prerequisites: none
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Divisional Attributes: Division I,Exploring Diversity, Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: ARAB Arabic Studies Electives,INST Middle Eastern Studies Electives
Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 19
Class Number: 1337
COMP228-01(F) LEC Modern Arabic Literature (D) (W) Division 1: Languages and the ArtsExploring Diversity InitiativeWriting Intensive Mara Naaman
TR 11:20 AM-12:35 PM Hopkins Hall 105 1337
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