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New Undergraduate Course Supplement 2018


MES 15.09 Language and Rebellion: Arabic Literature in a Comparative Context

This course focuses on rebellion in modern Arabic literature. Rebellion could be a political act (an uprising against a colonial power or an authoritarian regime), a psychological act (rebellion against the father), and an artistic act (rebellion against a system of values and traditions). These realms are interconnected and it’s precisely their intersection that the students will analyze by engaging works by modern Arab authors. Exploring this theme in a comparative context, the students will explore the politics of language, the relation to personal and national identity, and the implications of writing in the language of the other (French, Hebrew, English, etc.). Each week focuses on one Arab author, situating his/her work in the appropriate historical and social context, and doing close readings of his/her work. All books are translated into English.

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