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Fall 2017
Jan 16, 2018
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ARST 521 - Prison Literature
In this course we seek to study prison literature in terms of concept, features, and basic themes, through the use of Arabic literary models. We will examine two novels (one by a prisoner and the other by an author who was never imprisoned), one biography by a prisoner, and some poetry and memoirs by authors concerned with the experience of imprisonment. We will also examine short stories and plays.

The works that we will read are written both by prisoners and former prisoners as well as authors who were never imprisoned at all, but have heard, read about, or imagined the experiences of prisoners, and created their works around this. Among the works written by prisoners, we will analyze the writings of Sana-allah Ebrahim, Mustafa Khalifa, Ahmed Marzouki, Nawal El Saadawi, Muhammad Al Rais, Faraj Bayrakdar, and Aisha Ouda. Among the authors who were not imprisoned are Nageib Mahfouz, Abdul Rahman Munif, Fadhil al-Azzawi, Tahar Ben Jelloun, and Nabil Sulaiman.

This course and all class discussion is conducted in Arabic. Readings and written assignments will be in Arabic.

Please note that this course is listed as both ARST 321 and ARST 521.   Graduate students' assignments include monthly 600-word responses and a final paper (at least 2500 words in length).
Undergraduate students' assignments include monthly 500-word responses and a final paper (at least 2000 words in length).

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: MN or MC Graduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

Arab Studies Department

Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels:     
      MN or MC Graduate

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