L-OR/12 - 9 CFU - 2° Semester

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Learning Objectives

Through the previous knowledge students will be ables to read and understand original texts of contemporary literature. Thanks to the methodologies applied and reused by themselves, the students will present written or oral presentation of some arguments analyzing Arabic novels, short stories or plays. They will be enable to communicate and recognize the representation of the selfness and the main discourse produced by the ideological thought throughout the XIX and XX centuries in Arabic literature.

Course Structure

The course is divided into: lectures, lessons for comparison and reading of texts in Arabic, group analysis and oral reports in the class, individual analysis and written reports.

Detailed Course Content

The course focus on the socio-cultural and literary situation of some Arab countries (Egypt, Palestine), on the formation a of the Arab novel Canon. The analysis and the birth of the idea of Nation and his literary representation, also reading and analysing of original parts of Arabic modern novels and short stories.

Textbook Information

  1. - Toelle H. e Zakaria K., Alla scoperta della letteratura araba, Argo, Lecce, 2010 (only the third part);
  2. - Lorenzo Casini, Maria Elena Paniconi e Lucia Sorbera, Modernità arabe. Nazione, narrazione e nuovi soggetti nel romanzo egiziano, Mesogea, Messina, 2013
  3. - A. Nicosia, Il romanzo arabo al cinema, Carocci, Roma, 2015 (for some students);
  4. - S. Sibilio, "Nakba. La memoria letteraria della catastrofe palestinese", Edizioni Q, 2013 (for some students);
  5. - M. Ruocco, "Storia del teatro arabo", Carocci, 2010 (for some students);
  6. - T. Husein, "Adib. Storia di un letterato", cura e traduzione di M.E. Paniconi, Edizioni Ca' Foscari, 2017 (some pages selected by the professor), (;
  7. G. Kanafani, “‘Aid ila Haifa”, selected pages by the professor will be read and translated during the lessons.

More texts, articles and readings will be provided during the lecture. Students who can't attend the the lectures must contact the professor in order to arrange a specific program.

Please remember that in compliance with art 171 L22.04.1941, n. 633 and its amendments, it is illegal to copy entire books or journals, only 15% of their content can be copied.

For further information on sanctions and regulations concerning photocopying please refer to the regulations on copyright (Linee Guida sulla Gestione dei Diritti d’Autore) provided by AIDRO - Associazione Italiana per i Diritti di Riproduzione delle opere dell’ingegno (the Italian Association on Copyright).

All the books listed in the programs can be consulted in the Library.

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