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The Modern Arabic Literature course offers an introductory survey of major Arabic literary works of the modern period: the short story, the novel and poetry (with a look at other experimental forms). The literature selected represents many of the major figures of Arabic writing, from across the Arab world, spanning from the nineteenth century through the present day. A variety of cultural and social themes will be highlighted, including the way by which colonialism, nationalism, gender, sexuality, and political resistance have been reflected in Arabic literature. Readings will be supplemented with secondary texts and lectures, so as to offer thematic frameworks through which the literary readings will be discussed. In English.

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  • School of Arts & Sciences