Literature and Social Issues
ABOUT THIS COURSE
This course explores the significance of literature in the Middle East throughout history. It provides a survey of Arabic literature through a selection of texts on a wide range of topics. In this seminar, the literature will be examined in relation to the contextual settings during which it was written. Students will learn more about the lives of the classical Arab poets and the circumstances in which their poetry was created. Furthermore, we will evaluate how modern Arabic literature addresses social issues, by discussing a sample of modern Arabic literature including poetry, novels, and short stories. Through the readings provided in the course, there will be vivid discussions on the literature in relation to the social context of the period from a variety of perspectives.
In this course, the participants will:
- study the major aspects of Arabic literature and their progress through the course of history.
- explore the major social aspects that have influenced literature and its expression in the Middle East.
- improve their understanding of the Middle Eastern culture and the different historical aspects that helped in shaping the present society.
- be introduced to the foundations of Arabic Literary themes and techniques of the literary texts in relation to the environment it was created in.
Upon the successful completion of the course participants will be able to:
- Analyze the evolution of Arabic literature through history.
- Evaluate the influence of social issues on Arabic literature and its expression in the Middle East.
- Appreciate the cultural diversity and social context of Middle Eastern society.
- Evaluate the literary themes and techniques used in Arabic literary texts and understand their relationship with the environment in which they were created.
A full outline of the course syllabus can be found here.
Please note that there will be a preparatory meeting that will take place on Thursday, October 12th at 16:00 CET, one week before the class starts. In this meeting, we will introduce you how the platform works and we will offer technical support so that everybody is technically ready for the first session.
ORGANIZATION OF THE COURSE
Methods of Instruction: The class will be based on instructors’ input and participants’ prior reading, which will enable engaged discussions, either in small groups or in a larger setting. Participants will prepare short presentations and use those as a basis for discussion. This class is planned as an online course.
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This Seminar is co-sponsored and funded by the New University in In Exile Consortium based at the New School and hosted by Ludwig-Maximillian-München, Faculty for the Study of Culture.