Folklore | Arabian Nights: East & West
F307 | 15365 | H. El-Shamy


Above class meets with Folk-F617.

In 1704 the French Orientalist Antoine Galland introduced The
Thousand and One Nights to the Western World. Few written or printed
documents received more public attention worldwide than did this
compendium of re-written folk narratives and its Western derivative
known as The Arabian Nights. The impact of the Nights on cultures
across the world has been profound. This course explores a variety
of issues related to the work from interdisciplinary perspectives.

These include:

I. Eastern Thousand Nights and Western Arabian Nights:
	The Written and the Oral; the Oral Connections
II. The Format:
	The Frame Story
III. Sheherzad: the Raconteuress as role model.
	What does Sheherzad represent for the contemporary
	female?
IV. The Literary Genres in the Two Nights Traditions
	The Novella, the "fairy tale"/Zaubermšrchen, the
	Legend, the Exemplum, the Cante fable/sÓrah, the
	Humorous Anecdote, the Formula tale.
	The Nights in Modern Arts (Cinema, Music, Painting)
V. Society and Social Relations in the Nights
	Freemen and Slaves
	Race, Species, Ethnicity and Faith
	Male and Female
	Marriage and Concubinage
	Husbands and wives, Men and Save-girls, Parents and
	Children, Siblings
VI. Other Sociocultural Institutions
	Economy, Government, Religion
VII. Social Theories and Worldviews in the Nights
VIII. Theoretical framework for the Study of the
	Nights (Analyses of Specific Tale Texts)
	Historical Reconstructional, Functional/Sociocultural,
	Psychoanalytic, Feminist, Semiotic, ....

Two exams, one term paper.

Fulfills COLL Arts & Humanities, CSA