Spring 2009

Reading Arabic Literature in Arabic II

Listed in: Asian Languages and Civilizations, as ARAB-16


Nahla A. Khalil (Section 01)


A survey of the main genres of Arabic literature: poetry, fiction, play, short story and autobiography, this course focuses on major 20th century writers investigating a variety of cultural, social, political and socioeconomic topics such as gender, nationalism, war, religion, feminism, fundamentalism, secularism and history. Selected texts include works by prominent Arab writers such as Najeeb Mahfouz, Yousef Idrees, Nawal El-Saadawi, Twfeekl-Hakim, Ahlam Mustanaghmi, Tayeb Saleh and others. All readings and discussions for this course will be in Arabic. This course is an introduction to the Arabic world and its culture through reading literature. Requisite: Two years of Modern Standard Arabic or the equivalent. Instructor consent required. Offered once Spring semester. Five College Instructor Khalil.