Contemporary Middle Eastern Literatures

The twenty-first century has seen the emergence of Middle Eastern literature in English and translation as one of the most exciting new areas of world literature. The region has experienced, so far this century, the ‘war on terror’, revolutions and wintery aftermaths, civil wars, sectarian violence, ‘Islamic State’, and a mass refugee crisis. On this module, we will explore shapes and styles of contemporary Middle Eastern literature, concerns and aspirations that drive it, and its growing international visibility. We will study novels, short stories, and new genres, in English and in translation. No prior knowledge of Middle Eastern Literature is needed to enjoy this course.