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Masterclass

Subject of Love, Object of Creation

  • Wen-chin Ouyang
Date
Friday 2 December 2016
Time
Series
Masterclass Wen-chin Ouyang
Location
Van Wijkplaats
Van Wijkplaats 3
2311 BX Leiden
Room
Wijkplaats 6

In November and December 2016 professor Wen-chin Ouyang (SOAS, University of London) will give masterclasses on five Friday mornings, from 11:00 until 13:00 hours. Advanced undergraduate students, graduate students and PhD students from Leiden University are invited to register.

Reading Arabic Literature in a Global Context

Literary representations of desire, passion and madness reveal a web of conceptual categories that inhere who we are and how we know as well as inform our conduct in private and public. Gender, once considered, brings to the fore an added complication to our understanding of the role of desire, passion and madness in the formation of individual subject and communal identity and, above all, vision of the world grounded, as it were, in notions of self. The following workshops explore, through close readings of classical and modern Arabic literary texts, desire, passion and madness as sites of the interrogations of subject position and perspective vis-à-vis knowledge, power and conduct.

Masterclass 4: Subject of Love, Object of Creation

Taha Husayn’s (1889-1973) manifesto on the future of Egyptian Culture, Mustaqbal al-thaqafa fi Misr (1937-1938) externalize a desire for Paris at the time and what she represented in civilizational terms. This desire for the other informs his modernizing agenda that crafts the desired other into the self. The text creates a future for Egypt premised on the reinvention of tradition.

Registration

Advanced undergraduate students, graduate students and PhD students from Leiden University are invited to register. The reading material is in Arabic and will be sent to participants beforehand. The discussion in class will be in both Arabic and English. Please register for the masterclass by sending an email to lucis@hum.leidenuniv.nl.

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