CAS XL441 / LY441 TR 2-3:30
Prof. Margaret Litvin (firstname.lastname@example.org), Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature
What is the book we call The Thousand and One Nights, and why do readers find it so endlessly fascinating? How did a medieval Arabic cultural grab-bag become one of the seminal texts in modern and postmodern European literature?
Readings will include: several Nights versions in French and English (Galland, Lane, Burton, Haddawy, Lyons); Nights-inspired texts by Edgar Allan Poe, Robert Louis Stevenson, Jorge Luis Borges, Naguib Mahfouz, Saadallah Wannus, Assia Djebar, Salman Rushdie, and Rabih Alameddine. Also films by Walsh, Korda, and Disney; music by Rimsky-Korsakov, lithographs by Marc Chagall, and more.