Course teached as: B007857 - LETTERATURA ARABA 1 (12 CFU) 3-years First Cycle Degree (DM 270/04) in LANGUAGES, LITERATURES AND INTERCULTURAL STUDIES Curriculum STUDI LINGUISTICI, LETTERARI E INTERCULTURALI
During the course, the genesis and development of the novel form in modern and contemporary Arabic literature will be studied and analysed. A quick overview of the Egyptian novels of the early decades of the 20th century will be presented and their main themes will be studied. Among these, greater prominence will be given to the contrast between the Arabic world and Europe. These themes will also represent the core of contemporary Arab novels as well.
1. L. Casini, M. E. Paniconi, L. Sorbera, Modernità arabe. Nazione, narrazione e nuovi soggetti nel romanzo egiziano, Messina: Mesogea, 2012.
2. M. Avino, I. Camera d'Afflitto, A. Salem, Antologia della letteratura araba contemporanea. Dalla Nahda a oggi, Roma: Carocci, 2015.
3. S. Meyer, The Experimental Arabic Novel: Post-colonial Literary Modernism in the Levant, Albany : State University of New York Press, 2001.
4. Al-Tayyib Salih, La stagione della migrazione al Nord, Sellerio 2011.
The course aims to introduce the student to the historical-cultural dynamics that have led the Arab world to develop new genres and literary forms. In particular, the Arabic novel will be examined in modern and contemporary Arabic literature. The novels of Egyptian Arabic literature of the early twentieth century and their main narrative themes will be studied. Finally, a novel of contemporary Arabic literature will be read and commented on.
In order to attempt the course it is necessary to have a A2 level of Arabic language.
During the course the genesis and development of the novel form in modern and contemporary Arabic literature will be studied and analyzed. To fully understand the historical-cultural significance of this innovation within a literary tradition that has given greater importance to poetry from the very beginning, the traditional chronological subdivisions of the history of Arab literature and the canonical categorisations that the manuals are Arabic will be re-discussed. that European has presented to date. For this, terms such as' A?r al-in?i??? and Nah?a will be discussed again. During this last period profound changes of genre and linguistic choice will upset the literary canons, the boundaries between popular literature and cultured literature are fading and a cultural osmosis takes the place of a rigid division between genres desired by the canons of classical court literature. . Independence nationalism stemming from the colonial experience, the contrast between city and countryside, Arab world and Europe, tradition and modernity will be the main issues addressed by the Egyptian novels analyzed during the course. These themes, which will represent the main figure of the early Arab novel, will extend to the present day, during which the confrontation / contrast with the West will find new and dramatic consequences especially after the birth of the State of Israel in 1948.