ARA 384C • ENCOUNTERING THE WEST IN MODERN ARABIC LITERATURE
5:00 PM-8:00 PM
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.
Class Participation (20%), 2 Reaction Papers (20%), Final Paper (60%)