Fall 2008

Reading Arabic Literature in Arabic

Listed in: Asian Languages and Civilizations, as ARAB-15


Nahla A. Khalil (Section 01)


This course will introduce students to the major authors, texts and movements in modern Arabic literature. Using the texts as a point of departure, students will discuss intellectual, political, and cultural thought as it develops in Arabic literature to the present day. Students will read modern poetry, modern novel, drama, literature reflecting the voices of women, and literature of modern politics. Students will be responsible for oral presentations and short essays in addition to one research paper during the term. Texts are in Arabic; discussion is in Arabic. Requisite: Student must demonstrate ability to read and discuss texts in Modern Standard Arabic. Students should consult the Five College Center for the Study of World Languages for placement tests (fclang@hfa.umass.edu). Fall semester. Five College Fellow Khalil.