Near Eastern Languages and Cultures | Seminar in Modern Arabic Literature: Critical Approaches to Modern Arabic Poetry
N709 | 16009 | Suzanne Stetkevych
02:30P-03:45P TR LI 1051
P - ADVANCED ARABIC III OR EQUIVALENT KNOWLEDGE OF MODERN STANDARD
ARABIC. CLASS CONDUCTED LARGELY IN ARABIC
ABOVE CLASS OPEN TO GRADUATES ONLY
Critical Approaches to Modern Arabic Poetry aims to bring a variety of
critical and theoretical approaches, (post)colonial theory, reception
theory, metapoetic theory, Formalism, translation theory, etc., to
bear on the reading and interpretation of Arabic poetry from the
Nahdah period to the present. Materials, both poetic and critical,
will be adjusted according to individual students’ interests and goals.
The class will be conducted in seminar format consisting primarily
student presentations—both individual and group—on literary critical
works and on poetic texts, followed by class discussion. The class
will be conducted mostly in Arabic, except for time devoted to
translation of poetic texts. Readings will be in Arabic and English.
Poets covered on the Arab side will range from neo-classical poets
such as al-Barudi and Shawqi through free verse and prose-poem poets
such as Sayyab, `Abd al-Sabur, Bayati, Adonis, and Darwish.
Final Research Projects: The last 3-4 weeks of the semester will be
devoted to individual research projects selected in consultation with
the instructor. Students will make an oral presentation of their
project to the seminar before the end of the semester and turn in the
final written version during exam week. The oral presentation should
be 30 minutes; the written paper ca. 20 typed pages.