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BHIS 1795A - Arab Literature

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

Arab literature is crucial to understand the social and political changes occurred in the MENA region in the last two centuries. The course proposes a reading of the historical events from the perspective of the intellectuals of the period. A general presentation of the literature of the renaissance will include the reading of important passages from the major novels in order to explain the extraordinary impact it had in spreading the national feelings. The presentation of the major novels of the second half of the 20th century will also give an idea of how the Arab societies perceived the ideals of the Arab socialsm and then the economic crise,. The course will also focus on the long process of the women empowerment, the Palestinian question and the crisis followed to migration. The more recent novels and graphic novels will introduce to the reasons that brought the students to the Arab revolt in the 2011.


CORRAO, Francesca (Professor)

Course validation

Continuous assessment : Group oral presentation - 40% ; Final exam : 50% ; In-Class Participation : 10 %.

Required reading

Allen R. 2000, An Introduction to Arabic Litterature, Harvard: Harvard University Press.

Additional required reading

  • Abdel-Malek, Anouar, Anthologie de la littérature arabe contemporaine. Les essais, Éditions du Seuil, Paris 1965.
  • Adonis, An Introduction to Arab Poetics, essay, translated By Catherine Cobham, Saqi Books, London 1990.
  • Amiry, Suad, Sharon and My Mother-in-Law. Ramallah Diaries, ed. Anchor Books