Social and Political Dimensions of Modern Arabic Literature (PG)

Key information

Start date
End date
Year of study
Term 1
Module code
FHEQ Level

Module overview

The module presents a broad survey of modern Arabic literature through a range of selected texts from the 18th century right up to the ‘Arab Spring’ and its debated aftermath. The works are studied as literature but with constant reference to the social and political contexts in which they were written, and a constant questioning of the shifting designations of ‘modern,’ ‘Arabic’ and ‘Literature.’ Attention will be paid to the process of socio-political and cultural change and to the effects produced by ideological transition on theme, form and language.


The module is taught over 10 weeks, 2 hours each week.

Method of assessment

  • 30% - Textual analysis / Close reading (1,000 words)
  • 70% - Essay (2,500 words) OR virtual presentation (10 minutes)
  • The exact assessment deadline dates are published on the relevant module Moodle/BLE page


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