The course will involve readings and analysis of some of the most
representative literary texts of the Ottoman court, including both poetry and
prose. You will be introduced to a variety of different literary forms practiced
by Ottoman authors, including the gazel, kaside, mesnevi,
tezkire, and others. In addition to analyzing these texts according to
the classical Ottoman canon, we will also pay considerable attention to the
modern and contemporary theoretical approaches to this long literary tradition.
Discussions will include nationalist, Marxist, Islamist and postmodernist
interpretations, which should allow us to comprehend more fully the broader
issue of modern understandings of medieval literature in general.
TEXTS: At least two days before each topic is to be covered, I will provide you with the texts in English translation.
YOUR GRADE WILL BE BASED ON THE FOLLOWING: