MED67 Selected topics in Arabic literature and culture

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2017
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
Mgr. Danuša Čižmíková, PhD. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. Mgr. Katarina Petrovićová, Ph.D.
Department of Classical Studies - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Jitka Erlebachová
Supplier department: Department of Classical Studies - Faculty of Arts
Wed 12:30–14:05 A21
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The course examines a variety of topics at the intersection of literature and culture. It largely draws on research originating in cultural psychology and/or sociology in order to gain new insights into literary and cultural texts. The lectures are open to students from different fields of study, and may be of particular interest to students pursuing literary studies as well as those enrolled in social sciences who also make use of literary and cultural texts in their theoretical work. The course topics may partially be selected in order to reflect the research interests of the course participants. Upon the completion of the course, students will have gained basic overview of the theories and methods of studying culture and will have familiarized themselves with a variety of topics ranging from the politics of clothing to the art of storytelling in the Arab world.
  • Honor and Islam.
  • Women in Society and Literature.
  • The Country and the City.
  • Orientalism and Occidentalism. Imagining the Other. The Other and the perception of the Self.
  • The Art of Storytelling.
  • Revolution in Literature and Society.
    required literature
  • ANTOON, Sinan. The Baghdad eucharist. Translated by Maia Tabet. First published. Cairo: Hoopoe, 2017. 129 stran. ISBN 9789774168208. info
  • ṢUBḤ, ʻAlawīyah. Maryam : keeper of stories. Translated by Nirvana Tanoukhi. First published. London: Seagull Books, 2016. 265 stran. ISBN 9780857423252. info
  • RABĪʻ, Muḥammad. Otared. Translated by Robin Moger. First published. Cairo: Hoopoe, 2016. 341 stran. ISBN 9789774167843. info
  • The literary life of Cairo : one hundred years in the heart of the city. Edited by Samia Mehrez. First published. Cairo: The American University in Cairo Press, 2011. xv, 433. ISBN 9789774163906. info
    recommended literature
  • HOURANI, Albert Habib. A history of the arab peoples. London: Faber and Faber, 2005. xviii, 566. ISBN 0571226647. info
  • The Middle Easta cultural psychology. Edited by Gary S. Gregg. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005. x, 458 p. ISBN 0195171993. info
  • SAID, Edward W. Orientalism. London: Penguin Books, 1995. xi, 396 s. ISBN 0-14-023867-0. info
Teaching methods (in Czech)
Lectures and class discussions.
Assessment methods
Final assignment: an essay of 10,000 – 14,000 characters to be submitted in English, Slovak or Czech language. Students are encouraged to present their original insights and ideas observing the conventions of the academic essay.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.

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