The course provides a general overview of Arabic literature from the mid-twentieth century to the present day. Particular attention will be given to adab al-iltizàm (commitment literature) which involved all Arab countries, due to the difficult historical-political conditions of this geographical area. Several writers will be studied, some of them emerging, others already well known, which represent the writing of resistance and rebellion against all oppressive policies, both foreign and local. The course includes the historical-political framework of the Arab countries, in addition to reading, analysis and translation of extracts from literary works covered during the lectures.
- (edit. by Y. Albers, G. Khalil, F Pannewick), "Commitment and Beyond: Reflections on/of the Political in Arabic Literature since the 1940s" Dr Ludwig Reichert Verlag, 2015.
N. B: Each student is invited to read at least two novels (or collections of stories or poems), translated from Arabic into Italian. Texts in Arabic and further bibliographical updates will be provided during the lectures.