Comparative Literature | Arabic Ode in Comparative Context
C200 | 1172 | --


*Satisfies COAS Requirements for AHLA*

This course will explore the Arabic ode and its transformations. Texts to
be discussed will include the oral poetry of the pre-Islamic warrior
aristocracy; praise poems to the Prophet Muhammad ; the Islamic victory
ode; the mystical ode of spiritual yearning; and finally the modern
free-verse poem of the postcolonial period. The poems will be discussed
within comparative contexts that range from Gilgamesh and the Iliad,
through Shakespeare and Dryden, to Walt Whitman and T.S. Eliot. Critical
readings will approach the ode from a variety of disciplines: Ancient Near
East, Anthropology, Religious Studies, Classics, Cultural Studies and
Comparative Literature.

Requirements and grading:
Grades will be based on attendance and participation (40 %), midterm essay
(5-6 pages for undergraduates, 7-8 pages for graduates) (20%), and final
essay (8-10 pages for undergraduates) (40 %).