"ENGL 396 Lit of Emerging Nations: Arabic Fiction from the Middle East and Africa" will be offered during the Fall 2012 semester by Prof. Adrian S. Wisnicki. The course is open to non-majors and the pre-requisites are minimal.
US interest in the Arab world has never been greater, and a need to cross the divide between the Arab world and the West has never been more urgent. Starting from this point, in this course we'll read (in translation) some of the finest works of recent Arabic fiction from both the Middle East and Africa. Students will end the course with better insight into some of the key issues that have shaped Arabic literature and Arabic literary traditions during the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.