Arab 150 Fall 2018 Syllabus.pdf - INTRODUCTION TO ARAB CULTURES ARAB 150 Fall 2018 Tuesday-Thursday 14:00-15.15 New West 219 Instructor Prof Fadi A

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INTRODUCTION TO ARAB CULTURES ARAB 150, Fall 2018 Tuesday-Thursday: 14:00-15.15 New West 219 Instructor: Prof. Fadi A. Bardawil, New West 214 Email: [email protected] Office Hours Tu/Th: 12.30-1.30 COURSE DESCRIPTION For Raymond Williams, the distinguished British thinker, the concept of culture could broadly mean one of two things. Culture could stand for the entire way of life of a society with its beliefs, norms, sensibilities, practices and institutions. Culture also famously refers to the arts with their internal distinctions between high, popular, independent and underground streams. We will look into these different facets of modern and contemporary Arab cultures through a variety of works: memoirs, novels, prison notebooks, films, comic books, theoretical tracts, music, psychiatric case-studies, histories, and ethnographies. How do these authors depict key historical transformations taking place in the Arab world? What are the different angles through which political questions are tackled? How do these different works negotiate the relationship between Self and Other? These will be some of the central questions that will guide our explorations of Arab cultures. REQUIRED BOOKS Ahmed, Leila. A Border Passage: From Cairo to America – A Woman’s Journey. New York: Penguin, 2012 [1999]. Salih, Tayeb. Season of Migration to the North. New York: New York Review of Books Classics, 2009 [1969]. Ibrahim, Sonallah. That Smell and Note from Prison. New York: New Direction Books, 2013. Sacco, Joe. Palestine. Seattle: Fantagraphics Books, 2001.

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