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

Fall 2009

ARA 384C • ENCOUNTERING THE WEST IN MODERN ARABIC LITERATURE

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
41980 T
5:00 PM-8:00 PM
JES A207A
EL-ARISS, T

Course Description

Conducted in Arabic, this graduate seminar investigates the representation of the West in Arabic literature from the 19th-century onward. By examining travel narratives, novels, essays, and visual texts, the students and I will theorize the "encounter with the West" as a site productive of new literary articulations of culture and identity. Using and complicating postcolonial theory, we will explore questions of fragmentation, ambivalence, fantasy, haunting, and madness in works by Rifa'a Tahtawi, Ahmad Faris Shidyaq, Amine Rihani, Tayeb Salih, Hanan Shaykh, Son'allah Ibrahim, Mahi Binebine, Nazik Saba-Yared, Nabil Matar, Leila Ahmed, and Fatima Mernissi.

Grading Policy

Class Participation (20%), 2 Reaction Papers (20%), Final Paper (60%)

Texts

Course Packet

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