Themes in Modern Arabic Poetry

Module titleThemes in Modern Arabic Poetry
Module codeARA2122
Academic year2016/7
Credits15
Module staff

Dr Christina Phillips (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks

11

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Number students taking module (anticipated)

10

Description - summary of the module content

Module description

This module is intended for those of you with no prior knowledge of Arabic poetry. It focuses on Arabic poetry from the mid-nineteenth century to the present, tracing its transition from a classical to a modern art form. It covers a variety of different poetry schools and movements, studying them in their proper historical context and paying attention to matters of form. Aside from instruction in aspects of modern Arabic poetry, you will be trained in close reading and critical analysis.

Module aims - intentions of the module

This module is intended for those of you with no prior knowledge of Arabic poetry. It focuses on Arabic poetry from the mid-nineteenth century to the present, tracing its transition from a classical to a modern art form. It covers a variety of different poetry schools and movements, studying them in their proper historical context and paying attention to matters of form. Aside from instruction in aspects of modern Arabic poetry, those of you on this module receive training in close reading and critical analysis.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. comprehend the various schools of modern Arabic poetry and their different themes and characteristics.
  • 2. understand the relationship between literature and life and be able to relate changes in poetic form to wider historical processes

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 3. discuss with confidence a variety of cultural movements in modern Middle Eastern history..

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 4. critically apply research and analytical skills..

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

Introduction and historical background

Reading and analysing poetry
Arabic neoclassical poetry
Arabic romantic poetry
Arabic romantic poetry continued: the emigrant poets
Modern poetry: experiments in form
Modern poetry continued: Engaging with Arab tradition
Politics and poetry: Commitment
Palestinian poets and resistance poetry
Sufism and modern Arabic poetry
Conclusion and revision

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
221280

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activity 22 hoursTwo hours a week will be devoted to close reading of texts, instruction in literary theory, group discussion and some lecturing on more general aspects of the subject, especially in relation to wider cultural, political and social contexts. Primary texts will be handed out in advance of each class and will be available on ELE; secondary required readings will be available on ELE, along with recommended additional reading.
Guided independent study128 hoursA variety of independent study tasks directed by module leader

Assessment

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Classroom discussion of textsweeklyweeklyOral

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
10000

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Essay 1502,500 words1-4Written feedback
Essay 2502,500 words1-4Written feedback
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0
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Re-assessment

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Essay 1Essay1-4August/September reassessment period
Essay 2Essay1-4August/September reassessment period

Resources

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Allen, Roger. An Introduction to Arabic Literature.
Asfour, J.M. When the Words Burn: An Anthology of Modern Arabic Poetry.
Badawi, M.M. A Critical Introduction to Modern Arabic Poetry.
_____ . A Short History of Modern Arabic Literature.
_____ , ed., Modern Arabic Literature (Cambridge History Series).
Eagleton, Terry. How to Read a Poem.
Furniss, Tom and Michael Bath, Reading Poetry: An Introduction.
Jayyusi, Salma Khadra, Trends and Movements in Modern Arabic Poetry (2 vols).
_____ . Modern Arabic Poetry: An Anthology.

Module has an active ELE page

Key words search

Arabic literature, poetry, literary theory, textual analysis

Credit value15
Module ECTS

7.5

Module pre-requisites

ARA2000 Year Abroad

Module co-requisites

ARA2139 Intermediate Arabic Language II

NQF level (module)

5

Available as distance learning?

No

Origin date

October 2002

Last revision date

21/02/12