Classical Arabic Literary Theory

This course offers an overview of classical Arabic literary theory in its three strands: poetic, Quranic, and philosophical. Students become familiar with the major primary texts ranging from the 9th to the 14th centuries CE, as well as the major themes and questions that concerned the medieval authors. We cover concepts such as takhyil (image-evocation), metaphor, simile, nazm (sentence construction), majaz (figurative speech), and badi' (literary figures), and discussing how critics dealt with questions of plagiarism and influence, truth and fiction, the old and the new, and plainness and ornateness in poetic speech.
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014074
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Catalog Number: 
545
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Catalog Number: 
541