ARAB 416
Arabic Short Stories: Societies, Cultural narratives & Literary aesthetics Spring 2020
Division I
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In this course we will explore the literary languages of Arabic and as well as various political and socio-economic issues via a selection of short stories that hail from geographically diverse authors. Being attentive to detailed readings of the text, their context, and the environment within which the author composed the text in question, we will weave our way through these short stories, developing the four language skills in addition to cultural competency. Although the course will avoid the monolithic approach of reading these stories as a social document that is a reflection or mirror of their societies, and will be equally concerned with the aesthetics of the Arabic literary narratives, the socio-economic and political issues discussed in the stories will be of relevance to the broader realms of Middle Eastern studies writ large. Tradition vs. modernity, the individual in opposition to the state, and gender issues are just some of the themes that will be discussed. In addition to the short stories provided, the class will engage in complimentary activities and material, like links to open source online videos and articles to expand on our knowledge of specific Arabic cultural and sociological phenomena. In addition to the short stories, there will be a short list of novels from which each member in the class will choose according to their interests. Reading the novel will be a term long project and will entail one-on-one meetings every two weeks with the instructor and will be tailored according to individual needs.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 12
Expected: 4
Class#: 3030
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: preparation and active participation, response questions and vocabulary building homework, short 2-page essays, midterm video, and end of term paper (5-7 pages)
Prerequisites: ARAB 302 or by permission of the instructor
Enrollment Preferences: Arabic Studies students
Distributions: Division I

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