ARB 3901 Arabic Literature Professor Kamal Dib January 22, 2018 Term Project 25% of Course Grade The term project has two parts: a major essay on a theme and a novel exposé. You are encouraged to work with a partner in class, but of course you can work alone; only one team per theme and novel. 1. Major essay on a theme (75%): choose one of the themes listed below then seek approval from the professor. One team per theme, first come first served. A good essay should contain the following sections: (1) A creative title, (2) an introduction statement, (3) a body/content, which should be the longest part, (4) a concluding paragraph, and (5) a bibliography. A.Period Study: choose one period of Arabic literature and describe the historical context; the main poets and writers, with a few lines of their poetry, writings; the symbols, and the significance of the chosen age in literature. The seven ages are: the Heroic Age (or the-Pious Age) – The Umayyad Age- The Abbasid Age – Arab Al-Andalus – The Age of Decline- The Annahada Age (Arab Renaissance). You may also choose this topic: the Pen Association of America and the Andalussiya Association of Latin America. B.Poets-Writers: Pick up a prominent poet from the list on page 4) and write a short biography; her or his key works and contributions; sample writings, with analysis. C.Compare and Contrast:pick up two successive ages of Arabic literature from theme (A) above; demonstrate areas of progress in poetry and prose with examples; expansion of genres and elements of social and cultural change. 2. A novel exposé (25%): Choose a novelist from the list on page 3 and then choose one of her/his novels (or you can choose a novel from the handy list on page 3). Once you read the novel, write an exposé that includes: a plot summary ; a short biography of the novelist ; social and political context; and main characters. Length: 7,00 words Key dates •January 22-29: inform the professor of the names of your team and the theme of the essay and the title of novel. You may discuss your choices with the professor.