ARA4302 - Readings in Arabic Literature, Religions and Politics
Reading course to introduce students to current trends of research in Literary Anthropology and the history of Arabic Literature. Selection of texts varies, but particular emphasis is laid on the question of how literary images, symbols or rhetorical forms shape human perception and imagination. The analysis of literary texts will provide the students with more insight and a better understanding of how literature may influence human emotion, discourse and behaviour. The main focus will be put on studying ‘primary’ sources, but relevant secondary literature will also be used to facilitate understanding and improve analysis.
Students will familiarize themselves with select Arabic texts relevant to classical and/or modern literature. They will improve their reading skills, and learn to place the texts in the broader context of their production and use. More generally, students shall develop their ability critically to read and analyse source material; to find and assess secondary literature; to reflect methodically on sources and their interpretation; to describe and summarize source material and/or other texts in a factual manner; to present their own analysis in oral and written form and in a concise academic style; and to evaluate each other’s work.
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Admission as a Master student to the Program for Asian and African Studies.
Formal prerequisite knowledge
ARA2110 - Arabisk språk 3+4 or equivalent.
Recommended previous knowledge
Fluent knowledge of written Arabic (four semesters minimum); English; for some secondary texts German reading knowledge would be helpful.
14-week seminar (2 hours/week) with class readings and intermittent lecture-style presentations by teacher and students.
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A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.
Seminar paper (semesteroppgave; 8-10 pp.; footnotes and appendices excluded) on a relevant topic to be agreed upon. It must be presented orally in class, along with a 1-2 pp. written handout / “thesis paper”, before it can be submitted.
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Reading list is to be agreed upon between student and lecturer.