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ARIC 000/5103 - Source - Criticism and Classical Arabic Literature (3 cr.)

ARIC 2101  or instructor’s approval

Source - Criticism is one of the most important philological skills at a scholar’s disposal and it is fundamental to the discipline of history. It is also a critic skill for the student of pre-modern literature as it is a key source of paratextual information and not only an exercise in positivism. This course applies the idea of taphonomy (the study of fossilization processes) to literary and histological works in Classical Arabic recorded in the tadwin period. Rather than seek to legitimize or delegitimize a given text based on its historical authenticity or provenance, this course demonstrates how to integrate the dimensions of a text’s transmission and its context into the study of literary material. Students will be introduced to the university’s manuscript holdings and will each present an unedited literary text of their choosing to the class. Students will edit a portion of these MSS and analyze these texts in their final paper.

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