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    AS 338LEC - Islam And Literature
    Islam And Literature HAK Enrollment Information (not real time - data refreshed nightly)
    Class #:   23553   Enrollment Capacity:   25
    Section:   HAK   Enrollment Total:   12
    Credits:   3.00 credits   Seats Available:   13
    Dates:   01/28/2019 - 05/10/2019   Status:   OPEN
    Days, Time:   T R , 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM
    Room:   Norton 214 view map
    Location:   North Campus      
      Course Description
    The purpose of this course is to expose students to the wide variety of poetic and prose literary forms associated with Islam, including contemporary English-language novels and translations from Arabic, Bengali, Persian, Tamil, and Urdu originals. We will explore literature through a variety of themes and genres common to the literary traditions of these languages. This will serve to frame larger questions central to the study of Islamicate literatures including: * how notions of modernity and secularism have been formulated to exclude those outside Euro-American literary traditions; * the persistence of structuralist approaches to nonwestern literatures; * the literary antecedents of so-called magical realist depictions of Islamicate societies; * formalist and historicist approaches to pre-print literatures, and related debates regarding the origins of literary representations of selfhood outside the West; * issues of canonicity, core and periphery, heterodoxy, orality and literacy, print and manuscript cultures, and Sheldon Pollock's cosmopolitan and vernacular literatures; * what literary forms of ambiguity and irony reveal about genre, modes of education, and the critical apparatus available to readers; and * 20th-century modernist and Marxist reorientations of classical literary tropes. Theoretical readings will be paired each week with primary source literary materials. All readings are in English and will include early Sufi mystical works, pre-Islamic, medieval, and more recent 20th-century poetry, and such prose genres as commentaries, folktales, romances, short stories, and novels. All of the texts are in English and no background in other languages or Islam is expected. This course is the same as ENG 445, and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.
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