Arabic Literature: Modern and Classical
Students in this track will, in consultation with their advisor(s), craft a program of coursework and supervised training in a range of areas, including medieval Arabic poetry and poetics; medieval Arabic historiography, fiction and narrative; modern Arabic poetry; the modern Arabic novel; and modern Arabic literary theory. Students in this track will also take courses, and work with faculty, in the Department of Comparative Literature in order to enhance their training in literary theory and comparative approaches.
Professor Hala Halim
Office Address: Department of Comparative Literature, 19 University Place, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10003
Phone: (212) 992-9548
Fax: (212) 995-4689
Professor Hala Halim is the author of Alexandrian Cosmopolitanism: An Archive, which interrogates how modern Alexandria was nominated as the cosmopolitan Middle Eastern city par excellence. Arguing that Alexandrian cosmopolitanism is a Eurocentric discourse, the book is a comparative study of literary representations by canonical writers such as C. P. Cavafy, E. M. Forster, Lawrence Durrell as well as the virtually unpublished librettist Bernard de Zogheb. The book sets the European representations in dialogue with Arabic critical, historical and artistic texts to consider alternative and more egalitarian modes of solidarity. Her current project, on postcolonial cosmopolitanism, builds on her article “Lotus, the Afro-Asian Nexus, and Global South Comparatism.” The article addresses the journal Lotus: Afro-Asian Writings once published by the Afro-Asian Writers’ Association that she has been researching for many years in relation to post-Bandung Third Worldism. Other projects include editing Bernard de Zogheb’s unpublished libretti and a study that develops her previous work on the Egyptian novelist and critic Edwar al-Kharrat.