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Selim Sirri Kuru
NEAR E 496
Seattle Campus

Special Studies in Near Eastern Languages and Civilization

Offered occasionally by visitors or resident faculty. Content varies.

Class description

The course focuses on pre-modern Islamicate literatures in order to examine the discursive formulations of sexuality. Reading list covers both original texts with sexual content in Egnlish translation and scholarly studies of sexuality in the Middle East

Student learning goals

Scholarship on gender, sexuality and narrative formulations of sexual desire; bibliographical knowledge of sexually explicit texts from Islamicate Empires.

Appreciation and analysis of literary texts with sexual content.

How diverse scholarly fields, such as anthropology, history, political science are relevant in studies of pre-modern textualities on sexuality.

General method of instruction

Every week there will be lectures related to reading assignments and brief weekly papers.

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites.

Class assignments and grading

Each student writes at least one response paper and a short final paper. There will be a final test developed upon questions that are going to be prepared by students.

Participation, midterm, one short paper on the evaluation of one selected text .


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Selim Sirri Kuru
Date: 03/24/2010