Theory of Arab Literature: Prospects and Limits
The conference has been organised to address formative literary beginnings in Arabic and their evolution from pre-modern times to the present, examining in the process a number of issues related to Arabic literature, as well as exploring long-standing themes of Arabic literary theory to infer enduring concepts and terms. Notably, the conference will engage with the challenges of mapping, reconstructing and studying varied sets of Arabic literary theoretical frameworks from the pre-modern era up to the present and will address such modern literary trends as paradigm shifts in Arabic literary theory.
Other topics on the conference’s agenda include classical and modern epistemic systems, the role of poetry, dialogue with Orientalism, Renaissance literary theory and criticism, the birth of the novel in its modern form, the emergence of Arabic narrative writing and storytelling, identity, digital and social media, and visual and spatial narratives. The first session of the conference will be organised in Reid Hall at the Columbia University Global Center in Paris, while the Columbia University campus in New York will host the second session of the conference.
** Given the current global health conditions, the conference dates are subject to change.