WGS 340 • INTRO TO ARABIC LITERATURE
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
This is a survey of Arabic literature from the sixth century to the modern period. All texts are in English translation. It will provide students with a foundation to literature in the Arabic language produced by authors who were ethnically Arab, as well as non-Arab (Persian, Turkic, Black, and Greek). Students will encounter sixteen hundred years of poetry, ballads, essays, and stories. We will focus on literature both classical and modern, urban and rural, courtly and folk, and religious and secular. Topics include Andalusian literature of Spain and the Arabian Nights, as well literature before and after those periods. Students will study Arabic literature within the context of social and artistic discourses. Moreover, there will be an emphasis on oral performance: Literature in Arab society was not only read, but memorized for public recitation as part of a tradition of ritual performance and storytelling. In this respect, we will examine Arabic oral performances compared to Homeric epic and Skaldic poetry. Students will gain an understanding of the literary work from an "ethnopoetic" perspective, not as words on the page, but as "cultural practice" that both reflects and shapes society.
COURSE NUMBER MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT WHEN THE TOPICS VARY. WGS 340 AND W S 340 MAY NOT BOTH BE COUNTED UNLESS THE TOPICS VARY. PREREQUISITE: FOR ENGLISH MAJS, RHE 306 AND E 316K OR THEIR EQUIVS, AND 3 ADDITIONAL SEM HRS OF LOWER-DIV COURSEWORK IN EITHER ENGLISH OR RHETORIC AND WRITING; FOR OTHERS, UPPER-DIV STANDING OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR. INCLUDES CROSS-CULTURAL CONTENT. MEETS WITH MES 381 (TOPIC 42), AND ALSO MEETS WITH ARA 322, ARA 384C (TOPIC 1), ISL 372 (TOPIC 15), C L 323, R S 358 (TOPIC 1) AND MES 323K (TOPIC 5).