MED69 Mothers and Daughters in Arab Women's Literature

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2019
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 18:00–19:40 A24
The lectures are open to students from different fields of study, and may be of particular interest to students pursuing literary or gender studies as well as those enrolled in social sciences who also make use of literary and cultural texts in their theoretical work. No Arabic required.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
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Course objectives
This course focuses on a key relationship forged between women in Arab families and its effects on the shaping of self and gender roles in a broader family dynamics that also affects men, especially fathers and sons. We will explore this relationship from various perspectives; psychological, feminist, cultural as well as political, based on how it is represented in Arab women's literature.
    required literature
  • SHAYKH, Hanan. The locust and the bird : my mother's story. Translated by Roger M. A. Allen. First Anchor Books edition. New York: Anchor Books, a division of Random house, Inc., 2010. 302 stran. ISBN 9780307472311. info
  • ṬAḤĀWĪ, Mīrāl. The tent : a novel. Translated by Anthony Calderbank. Cairo: The American University in Cairo Press, 1998. viii, 130. ISBN 9789774245428. info
  • SHAYKH, Hanan. The story of Zahra. Translated by Peter Ford. First Anchor Books edition. New York: Anchor Books, a division of Random house, Inc., 1995. 215 stran. ISBN 9780385472067. info
    recommended literature
  • Mothers and daughters in Arab women's literaturethe family frontier. Edited by Dalya Abudi. Boston: Brill, 2011. x, 335 p. ISBN 9789004191099. info
Teaching methods
Lectures and class discussions.
Assessment methods
Ongoing assessment: reading assignments, active participation in class discussions. 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 once in two years.

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