NEAREAST 429 - Topics in Modern Arabic Literature in Translation
Section: 001 Autobiography in Modern Arabic Literature
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Near East Studies (NEAREAST)
Department: LSA Middle East Studies
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Autobiographical writing, some scholars of modern Arabic literature would argue, heralded the emergence of the modern Arabic novel as a literary genre. Against a backdrop of literary theory, we’ll conduct a close reading, in English translation, of selected autobiographical texts that are either novels disguised as autobiographies, or autobiographies disguised as novels, or just plain memoirs and life-stories written in the first person singular. We will read some of the most famous autobiographies, along with some of the most neglected ones: Fadwa Tuqan, Assia Djebar, Jurji Zeidan, Jubran Khalil Jubran, Taha Hussein, Hanna Mina, Mohamed Choukri and others. Our main focus will be the emergence of Arab subjectivity, through the act of writing the self.

Course Requirements:

Class participation; one short, 5-page essay, based on, or inspired by the weekly reading; and a final seminar-paper.

Intended Audience:

Advanced undergrads, and grads, with some background in modern Arabic literature

Class Format:

3-hour seminar weekly

NEAREAST 429 - Topics in Modern Arabic Literature in Translation
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001 (LEC)
Tu 4:00PM - 7:00PM
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