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Spring 2017 Anglo Arab and Arab American Intro to Fiction Syllabus2307 Anglo-Arab and Arab American LiteratureInstructor: Dina Hassan Classroom: English and Philosophy 351Email: [email protected] Class Time MWF 9-9:50Office hours: Fri 10-1Office: 459 Blackboard: Skype: dina.salah7Course Description:In today’s globalized world, there is an urgent need to be continuously engaged in exploring diversity. The 2007 report by the Modern Language Association (MLA) calls this ability to understand another culture on its own terms “trans-lingual and trans-cultural competence” (2). An excellent source for such forms of knowledge can be derived from what is now given the term ‘contact literature’ or ‘World Englishes literature.’ To this end, the course is designed to introduce you to the Anglo-Arab encounter through works of fiction written by Arab authors in English. Literary works accessible in a familiar language can offer plausible interpretation and humanization of Arabs much better than journalism, historical reports or political memoirs. The readings will help you develop a better understanding of the values, cultural affinities and spiritual makeup of the Arabs through the works of writers like Ahdaf Soueif, Leila Aboulela, Leila Ahmed, Samia Serageldine, and Abdelkebir Khatibi, among others who serve the role of cultural mediators between the East and the West. In this course, we will explore issues of displacement, transnationalism, globalization, ethnic identity, religion, gender, and interracial affiliations as manifested in the Anglo-Arab encounter. In addition, our discussions will be guided by the linguistic and cultural references used by bilingual authors to familiarize the readerwith their homeland through techniques such as transliteration, literal translation and code-switching. 1
Spring 2017 Anglo Arab and Arab American Intro to Fiction SyllabusLearning outcomes and Assessments:To demonstrate awareness and knowledge of cultural differences within global societies by learning about the Anglo-Arab encounter that could take place on both Arab and Western soils: blackboard discussion posts and class participation,To examine language techniques used by the authors to delineate contexts that are not necessarily familiar to the Western reader: presentation, To develop analytical arguments in oral and written form on transcultural creation in fiction, shortstories and films by using additional research sources: midterm exam, paper. Requirements:Texts:Soueif, Ahdaf. The Map of Love. New York: Anchor Books. 1999. ISBN 0-385-72011-4Serageldine, Samia. The Cairo House. Syracuse University Press. 2000. ISBN 0-8156-0673-7Aboulela, Leila. The Translator.New York: Black Cat. 1999. ISBN 0-8021-7026-9Ahmed, Leila. A Border Passage: From Cairo to America--A Woman's Journey.New York: Penguin, 1999. ISBN 01402.91830Khatibi, Abdelkebir. Love in Two Languages.Trans. Richard Howard. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. 1990. ISBN 0816617805.

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