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Trends in Modern Arabic Literature and Film

This module identifies key themes and trends in contemporary Arabic literature and film. We focus on a selection of literary and filmic texts from the modern Arab world. During the year, the module typically focuses on up to four key themes and trends that are represented within, and are impacting upon, contemporary Arabic literary and filmic productions. For example, key themes and trends may include, but are not restricted to: post-colonialism, terrorism and 9/11, science fiction, illness and disability, homosexuality, and gender politics. Finally, the module critically explores the ways in which contemporary Arabic literature and film both influences, and is influenced by, wider social, cultural and political questions.

The texts studied are likely to include:

  • Ashcroft, B., Griffiths, G. & Tiffin, H. The Post-Colonial Studies Reader. Routledge, 1995.
  • Ball, Anna. Palestinian Literature and Film in Postcolonial Feminist Perspective. Routledge: 2012.
  • Elsadda, Hoda. Gender, Nation, and the Arabic Novel: Egypt, 1892-2008. Syracuse University Press: 2012.
  • Kassab, Elizabeth S. Contemporary Arab Thought: Cultural Critique in Comparative Perspective . NY: Columbia University Press, 2010.
  • Meyer, Stefan G. The Experimental Arabic Novel: Postcolonial Literary Modernism in the Levant. State University of New York Press, 2000.
  • Newton, K.M., ed., Twentieth Century Literary Theory: A Reader. Palgrave, 1997.
  • Ouyang, Wen-Chin. Politics of Nostalgia in the Arabic Novel: Nation-State, Modernity and Tradition. Edinburgh University Press, 2013.
  • Shafik, Viola. Arab Cinema: History and Cultural Identity. The American University in Cairo Press, 2007.
  • Starr, Deborah. Remembering Cosmopolitan Egypt: Literature, Culture, and Empire. Routledge: 2009.
  • Valassopoulos, Anastasia. Contemporary Arab Women Writers: Cultural Expression in Context. Routledge, 2007.

Coordinator:  Professor Abir Hamdar

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