Arabic Literature as World Literature (ISLA 392)
Michelle Hartman, Winter 2015
Scheduled classroom: Education 433
Days and Times: Mondays and Wednesdays, 11.35-12.55
Official Short Course Description: Consideration of Arabic literature as part of world literature, including exploration of tensions between reading Arabic literature as local, discrete and self-contained and as part of larger global phenomena.
Also: This semester we will organize the class around several streams to get at the larger theoretical and practical questions of what “world literature” can and does mean in Arabic literary contexts, including translation, solidarity politics, colonialism, Palestine. This means students will work with some of the same materials, but also some different ones in small and larger groups.
NB: The course is run seminar style, attendance and active participation in the course are required as is active participation on the class blog.
Professor Contact Information: Institute of Islamic Studies, 309 Morrice Hall, 3485 McTavish Street. My office hours are by appointment, contact me by email or in person to schedule: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Evaluation: See evaluation page on blog for more detail on each category, see also pages on Streams for assignments and Group Work.
Breakdown of Marks
10 % Attendance
30% Active Participation
20% Stream work
4 assignments / 5% each
40% Arabic Literature as World Literature Manifesto
All produced in assigned groups except the last part of the assignment
(Breaks down into the following categories):
5% Drafts and notes
10% Actual manifesto
10% Individual critique
Due Dates of Assignments
Four Stream Essays: 29 January, 18 February, 9 March, 23 March
Manifesto drafts and notes: continually, 30 March
Manifesto due: 30 March
Manifesto presentation: 30 March and 1 April
Manifesto analysis: 2 April
Individual critique: 8 April
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