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Dr. Ayman Abu-Shomar
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Orientalism Studies (MA)
The course includes a detailed study of Orientalism in its cultural, literary, political and linguistic aspects. Among subjects in the humanities, Oriental Studies is unique in introducing students to historical development and major figures who has studied the eastern world from various aspects. The course presents both the major traditions of the historical studies and, in most cases, their modern developments of the topic. The course includes language, literature, history, philology, literary and cultural comparative studies, and there is a wide range of options in such fields as art and archaeology, history, literature, philosophy, religion and modern social studies.
Special Topics in Culture and Literature (MA)
This course is normally left to the professor to choose the topics to be studies. I usually select the following topics: Secularism, Humanism, Women and Gender issues, Terrorism, Media, etc. All these topics among others are studied from a critical cultural perspective, and based on critical analyses of selected literary texts.
Studies in Novel (MA)
This course explores different facets of loner fiction (Novel). After grounding knowledge of the genre in nineteenth- and twentieth-century classics of the novel, students are required to study 4 novels of recent works including Western, Postcolonial, Russian and Arabic. Studying a range of loner fiction by authors writing today, students are required to consider how loner fiction provides a source of pleasure and knowledge that is integral to the buzzing public conversations we call "culture."
Research Methods (MA)
This course provides an opportunity for participants to advance their understanding of research through critical exploration of research philosophy, paradigms, language, ethics, and approaches. The course introduces the language of research, ethical principles and challenges, and the elements of the research process within quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods approaches. Participants will use these theoretical underpinnings to begin to critically review literature relevant to their field or interests and determine how research findings are useful in forming their understanding of their work, social, local and global environment.
Contemporary World’s Literatures (MA)
This course defines the contours of literature written in English in the Twenty-First Century, paying attention both to major contemporary writers in the academic landscape and to critically-acclaimed popular artists. The perceived difficulties of contemporary written poetry against the perceived accessibility of major popular artists will be critically studied, engaging with one artist's work per week in chronological order.
Comparative Literature (MA)
This course offers a study of literature in its relation to culture. It focuses on literature as a cultural institution and directly relates to the construction of individual identity and the dissemination and critique of values. A comparative approach to literature emphasis on cross-cultural comparison of literary works.
Literary Theory (20th-Century Literary theory) (MA)
This course is a survey of the main trends in twentieth-century literary theory. A background knowledge is provided for the readings and explicate them where appropriate, while attempting to develop a coherent overall context that incorporates philosophical and social perspectives on the recurrent questions: what is literature, how is it produced, how can it be understood, and what is its purpose? This course examines the ways in which we read. It introduces some important strategies for engaging with literary texts developed in the twentieth century, paying special attention to poststructuralist theories and their legacy. The course is organized around specific theoretical paradigms.
Islamic Civilization and the West (MA)
This course introduces the history of the Middle East from the rise of Islam to the twenty-first century. The course emphasizes on the encounters and exchanges between the Islamic world and the West. It is structured chronologically—each phase focuses on the emergence of a particular Middle Eastern society or empire during a specific time period. Each phase will include representative primary-source documents that illustrate important overarching political, economic, and social themes, such as the emergence of Islam in the seventh century, conflicts between Islamic and Christian peoples during the Crusades, European domination of Muslim territories in the nineteenth century, independence movements and the rise of nationalism.
Survey of British Literature (BA)
Survey of American Literature (BA)
Appreciating Poetry (BA)
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