About the course

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: michelle.hartman@mcgill.ca.

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                 

5%      Presentation                        

10%    Analysis                                 

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


McGill University Policy Statements

McGill University values academic integrity.  Therefore all students must understand the meaning and consequences of cheating, plagiarism and other academic offences under the Code of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures (see www.mcgill.ca/students/srr/honest/ ) for more information).

In accord with McGill University’s Charter of Students’ Rights, students in this course have the right to submit in English or in French any written work that is to be graded.

In the event of extraordinary circumstances beyond the University’s control, the content and/or evaluation scheme in this course is subject to change.


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