MES 323K • The Arabian Nights
6:30 PM-8:00 PM
This course provides students with an introduction to the Arabian Nights [i.e., A Thousand and One Nights or Alf Layla wa-Layla] in translation. Students will have an opportunity to read and discuss major stories on a regular basis and identify the structure of narratives and the social functions of storytellers. In addition, we will focus on medieval literary attitudes toward death, madness, and love as they emerge in the imaginative world of the Nights. The course will end with a glimpse of how the Nights was received by Western authors, such as Boccaccio, E. A. Poe, Irwin, and Barth.
Attendance/Participation 20% Response Papers (best 8 of 10) 40% First Paper 20% Second Paper 20%
Dawood, N. J., trans. Tales from a thousand and one nights. New York: Penguin Classics, 1973.