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Kamran Scot Aghaie, Chair CAL 528 | 204 W 21st St F9400 | Austin, TX 78712-1029 • 512-471-3881

Spring 2008

MES 323K • 6-THE ARABIAN NIGHTS

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
42440 TTh
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
GAR 0.128
ALI, S

Course Description

This course introduces students to the Arabian Nights in translation. The Arabian Nights is a collection of stories framed by one story. The narrative brings fear, madness, and love under the same roof, giving the frame story -- and every story -- an exquisite dramatic intensity. This course will examine closely the Arabian Nights in translation as part of an effort to understand medieval attitudes toward death, madness, and sexuality. We will supplement our study of the Arabian Nights with other medieval literature, such as court odes, legends and romances. We will also focus on its reception by authors such as Boccaccio, E. A. Poe, Irwin, and Barth. There will be special emphasis on the French introduction of the Nights to the west by Antoine Galland. No background in Arabo-Islamic culture is required.

Texts

Dawood, N. J., trans. Tales from a thousand and one nights. New York: Penguin Classics, 1973.

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