ARST-516 Literature of Syria
Fall for 2017-2018
Alahmad, Mohammad
This class will examine the contemporary literature of Syria, including poetry, short stories, novels and plays. Students will analyze and discuss texts from poets such as Adonis, Nizar Qabbani, Mohammed Omran, and Mohammed Maghout, as well as short stories from writers such as Zakaria Tamer and Walid Ekhlasi. The class will also read a contemporary novel by Khalid Khalifa and a play by Saadallah Wannous. The materials assigned in the course will give a theoretical introduction to and provide an overview of the historical background of literature styles in Syria, as well as its most prominent issues and distinguished writers.

Students will be expected to write a brief critique paper about each literature style, drawing on additional texts not studied in class. At the end of the semester, students will be required to write an extended paper on Syria’s modern literature (poetry, story, play or a novel).
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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