"Far away from the First Sky": Arabic Literary Writing in Western Exile
Monday, October 07, 2013
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM (ET)
Palamountain Hall Davis Auditorium
This lecture is a Greenberg Middle East Scholar-in-Residence event. The featured speaker, Yair Horesh, Ph.D., is a tenured Senior Lecturer and the Director of the Program of Arabic Language and Culture in the Department of Middle East Studies at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. In the past, he has been a visiting lecturer at Tel-Aviv University, The Hebrew University, and at the Israeli branch of New York University. His research focuses primarily on modern Arabic Literature (particularly the literature written in Western exile) and Arab intellectual thought as reflected in literary and critical works.
The experience of exile has been an essential generative force for Middle Eastern writers and intellectuals throughout the 20th Century, and arguably long before. Indeed, Arabic literature in modern times has undergone a significant part of its development outside the geographical boundaries of the Middle East. Whether the exile was forced or voluntary, the convergence of expatriation with the experience of creativity has been an ongoing force in artistic and literary vanguardism. Dr. Horesh's lecture will focus on the dialectic by which exiled Arab writers and intellectuals throughout the last decades have refigured and reimagined both aesthetic and geographic boundaries.
This event is free and open to the public.
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