ARTR 2500 - Taboo and the Arabic Novel
This class introduces the contemporary Arabic novel as it deals with religious and social taboo. The course surveys major works of Arabic literature that generated confrontations with the State, readers, or religious movements. It looks at the reception of texts in the Arabic world, the texts’ intersection with social and political taboos, and the problems of censorship and confiscation of artistic work. Texts include work by Naguib Mahfouz.