Advanced readings of novels by contemporary Arab authors such as: Ilyas Khouri, Naguib Mahfouz, Abdel Rahman al-Munif, Salwa Bakr, Ghassan Kanafani, Tawfiq Hakim, and Hanan al-Shaykh. Discussion topics include: modernity, civil war in Lebanon, gender relations, changing relations between Middle East and West, social transformations after independence, and the plight of the Palestinians. Presentations and compositions in Arabic are among the requirements. Conducted in Arabic.
Satisfies a minor requirement in Arabic; cultural diversity requirement; Asian Studies Interdiciplinary Minor and International Studies Interdiciplinary Minor (Middle East sections); Communication Studies Interdiciplinary Minor; and Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric distribution requirements.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies the Literature distribution requirement.