From Arabian Nights to Arab Springs: Middle-eastern Literature Past & Present

Ref: C2341183

The Middle East has been a source of world-famous storytelling for centuries. Today, Middle Eastern authors frequently take as their subject the political, social and personal upheavals which have beset the region over the last century. We’ll read a selection of stories from across the Middle East and the wider Arab world and see how the work of these authors reflects the influence of both the Middle East’s own storytelling traditions and contemporary literature from around the world, while addressing themes such as identity, nationhood, war, religion, the status of women and more. All texts will be provided and all of the stories will be read in English.

Course aim

We’ll read short stories from Arabic and other Middle-eastern literatures, spanning more than a millennium, and through these we will explore the origins of these literary traditions and how literature today reflects the modern Middle East.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Demonstrate familiarity with a variety of works of Middle-eastern literature.
  • Confidently approach other works of Arabic and Middle-eastern literature and place them in their literary, historical, cultural, social and political contexts.
  • Show an awareness of the origins of different storytelling forms within the Arabic and Middle-eastern literary traditions.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how literature addresses and reflects social and political issues, both historically and in today’s world, with specific reference to the example of the Middle East.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to contribute to group discussion of each week's reading, with input from the tutor.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

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From Arabian Nights to Arab Springs: Middle-eastern Literature Past & Present

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