New Course: Arab American Literature

Taught by Dr. Dalia Fadila, this course will examine literature written by Arabs of American descent in the United States since the early 20th century. Students will work at analyzing and understanding a range of texts, including novels, essays, poetry, and short stories as well as the different ways they attempt to define Arab American literature as a genre. This course is based on the assumption that understanding the politics of identity, language, gender and culture helps reveal the ways Arab American literature theorizes about itself. Lines of comparison and contrast will be drawn with other genres of ethnic literature in the United States for further understanding the essence and impact of the literature at hand.