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Reading Modern Arabic Prose(316-3-1)


Fadia M Antabli
Crowe Hall 4-113, 1860 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208
Fadia Antabli has a Masters of Science in Adult Education from Indiana University in Bloomington (2012) and an MA in Educational Technology from the University of Huddersfield in England (2008). Her thesis research was "Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language" and her focus was on classroom practices. She was a Northwestern University Searle Fellow, she won the Arts and Sciences Alumni Teaching Award from the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences in 2016, and she also was on the ASG Honor Roll.

Meeting Info

Online: Tues, Thurs, 11:00AM - 12:20PM

Overview of class

This course offers a valuable chance to students who want to explore Arabic literary prose in depth. It also provides foundational skills for students who want to pursue graduate careers in Arabic literature or Middle Eastern Studies. The course will survey excerpts and selections of Arabic literary prose with emphasis on different styles of analyzing literary work from the early 20th century to the present.

Registration Requirements

Completion of Arabic 211-2 or equivalent; or permission from the instructor.

Learning Objectives

Student engaged in this course will learn foundational analytic skills such as the study of elements and imagery, sounds, forms, and writing styles, characteristics and development over time, which form the bases for analyzing text written by prominent authors of essays, reflections, short stories, and biographies. The linguistic textual analysis of each reading will focus on: (1) understanding advanced grammatical structures, syntax and style; (2) rapid acquisition of vocabulary and popular idioms (e.g. gender manifestations) through in-class discussions and oral presentations; (3) writing assignments that reflect students' abilities to understand and assimilate the texts.

Teaching Method

We will work intensively on improving reading-for-comprehension skills, listening and speaking through in-class oral discussions and presentations. Special exercises will be developed to improve understanding and use of essential elements of rhetorical analysis of literary works and applying them to the texts we read in class.

Evaluation Method

The final grade for the course will be based on the following: Attendance and Participation, completion of pre-class assignments, and writing assignments that reflect student's understanding of content and the different applications of Arabic rhetoric.

Class Materials (Required)

We will be mainly using excerpts from Bassam Franjieh's book: "Anthology of Arabic Literature, Culture, and Thought". External material will include selections from a variety of different sources. Course material will be provided to students in PDF format.

Class Notes

This class is planned and taught mainly in Arabic. Students are expected to communicate and engage in group conversations using Arabic language.

Class Attributes

Literature & Fine Arts Distro Area
Synchronous:Class meets remotely at scheduled time