NARRATIVE JOURNEYS IN THE MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA PURPOSE and FORMAT: to introduce the freshmen enrolled in the class to a variety of narratives in different literary genres; to do so through the theme of the journey, whether it be a physical journey from one place to another, a process of change--a rite of passage perhaps, or an inward psychological quest. The culture from which the sources are selected is that of Arabic, but all the materials have been translated into English. The selections are chosen from the works of male and female writers and from different periods of Arabic literary history and a variety of venues within the Arab world. Because of the unfamiliarity of the background to the subject matter, the course will begin with a week of background information in the form of lectures by the instructor. After that, the sessions will consist of discussions of the various narrative
texts, in which students will be expected to participate.
(1) reading of assigned texts before class sessions
(2) participation in class discussions of texts
(3) submission of two short (5-10 page) papers;
(a) an essay analysing one or more of the works read in the class, in the
form of either an individual critique or a comparison:
[Baghdad, Mosul, Hulwan, Madira]
WEEK 10: A PILGRIM'S JOURNEY: Najib Mahfuz, THE JOURNEY OF IBN FATTOUMA
(A journey towards Nirvana...)
WEEK 11: TRAVEL ACCOUNT AS SERMON: City of Brass (1001 NIGHTS)
WEEK 12: VOYAGE AS DISCOVERY: Jabra Ibrahim Jabra, THE SHIP
(Palestinian novel of 1970s)
WEEK 13: JOURNEYS AS QUESTS: Yusuf Idris, "City Dregs" (IN THE EYE OF THE
BOOK AVAILABILITY: FOR PURCHASE:
Tayeb Saleh, SEASON OF MIGRATION TO THE NORTH, Washington: 3 Continents Press
[originally from Heinemann Books in London, 1970]
`Abd al-Rahman Munif, ENDINGS, London: Quartet Books, 1988.
Hanan al-Shaykh, THE STORY OF ZAHRA, London: Quartet Books, 1986.
Jabra Ibrahim Jabra, THE SHIP, Washington: 3 Continents Press, 1985.
Najib Mahfuz, THE JOURNEY OF IBN FATTOUMA, New York: Doubleday,
Yusuf Idris, IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER, Minneapolis: Bibliotheca Islamica,
`Abd al-Wahhab al-Bayyati, "Traveler without baggage"
in AN ANTHOLOGY OF MODERN ARABIC POETRY trans. Mounah Khouri and
Hamid Algar, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1977, pp.
Badi` al-zaman al-Hamadhani, MAQAMAT trans. W. J. Prendergast,
London: Curzon Press, 1973 [reprint], 40-46, 61-64, 85-97.
"The City of Brass," from THE ARABIAN NIGHTS trans. Edward W. Lane,
New York: Bigelow and Brown, n.d., 491-535.
BOOKS ON RESERVE: Tayeb Saleh, Season of Migration to the North, Washington: 3
Continents Press [originally from Heinemann Books in London,
`Abd al-Rahman Munif, Endings, London: Quartet Books, 1988.
Hanan al-Shaykh, The Story of Zahra', London: Quartet Books, 1986.
Jabra Ibrahim Jabra, The Ship, Washington: 3 Continents Press, 1985.
Ghassan Kanafani, Men in the Sun, Washington: 3 Continents Press,
Najib Mahfuz, The Journey of Ibn Fattouma, New York: Doubleday,
A.J. Arberry, The Seven Odes, London: Allen and Unwin,
Antar and Abla: A Bedouin Romance arr. Diana Richmond, London:
Quartet Books, 1978, pp. 69-124.
The Arabian Nights trans. Richard Burton, New York: Modern Library
[= Random House], 1932.
Modern Arabic Short Stories, Oxford University Press, 1966; later
issued by Heinemann in paperback
Egyptian Short Stories tr. Denys Johnson-Davies, Washington: 3
Continents Press, 1978.
The Literature of Modern Arabia ed. Salma al-Jayyusi, London:
Routledge Kegan Paul, 1988.
An Anthology of Modern Arabic Poetry trans. Mounah Khouri and Hamid
Algar, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1977.
Journal of Arabic Literature Vol. XXI Part 1 (March 1990).
[Leiden, Holland: E. J. Brill]
Badi` al-zaman al-Hamadhani, Maqamat trans. W. J. Prendergast,
London: Curzon Press, 1973 [reprint].
In the Eye of the beholder ed. Roger Allen, Chicago: Bibliotheca
Mia Gerhardt, The Art of Storytelling, Leiden: E.J. Brill,
Roger Allen, The Modern Arabic Novel, Syracuse: Syracuse University
-----------, Modern Arabic Literature, New York: Ungar Publishing,