MIDEAST 429 - Topics in Modern Arabic Literature in Translation
Section: 001 Autobiographical Writing in Modern Arabic Literature
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Middle East Studies (MIDEAST)
Department: LSA Near Eastern Studies
Credits:
3
Other:
WorldLit
Waitlist Capacity:
99
Repeatability:
May be elected three times for credit.
Primary Instructor:

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 or third 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:

Requirements and Grades: 1. Class participation. 25% 2. One short, 5-page essay, based on, or inspired by the weekly readings, incorporating relevant theoretical material, and ending with a set of appended key questions/points for discussion -- is to be shared with the group in advance, by e-mail, and then presented by the writer as a basis for a 45-minute in-class discussion, which s/he will lead. 25% 3. Seminar-paper: a one-page abstract, and a working bibliography. For undergraduate students, papers should be 12-15, double-spaced, numbered pages (3500-4000 words), and 20 pages for graduate students (5500-6000 words). 50%

Intended Audience:

Advanced undergraduates and graduates students in Arabic literature.

Class Format:

3-hour seminar weekly

MIDEAST 429 - Topics in Modern Arabic Literature in Translation
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001 (LEC)
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21399
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W 4:00PM - 7:00PM
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