Near Eastern Languages & Cultures | The Arabic Ode in Comparative Contexts (in English)
N701 | 3151 | Stetkevych


Course Meets: 4:00 - 6:30  TR     GY 447

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
reading will approach the ode from a variety of disciplines: Ancient Near East, Anthropology, Religious
Studies, Classics, Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature.