Near Eastern Languages & Cultures | Literature of the Ottoman Court in Translation
N600 | 3391 | Silay

Course Meets: 7:15 - 8:30 TR WH 202

This course will involve readings and analysis of some of the most representative literary texts of the
Ottoman court, including both prose and poetry. You will be introduced to a variety of different literary
forms practiced by Ottoman authors, including the ghazal, kaside, menevi, 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 issues of modern understandings of
medieval literature in general.