COMP 256
Arab and Anglophone: Narratives Beyond Nation and Diaspora Spring 2015
Division I
Cross-listed ENGL 284 / COMP 256 / ARAB 256
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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.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 25
Expected: 15
Class#: 3009
Grading: OPG
Requirements/Evaluation: active class participation, 4 short response assignments (2-3 pages), and final paper (5-7 pages)
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: majors or prospective majors in Comparative Literature or Arabic Studies
Distributions: Division I
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENGL 284 Division I COMP 256 Division I ARAB 256 Division I
Attributes: ARAB Arabic Studies Electives
INST Borders, Exiles + Diaspora Studies Electives
INST Middle Eastern Studies Electives

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