Department of Religious Studies

"Mosquitoes, Feasts, and Tombs: An Andalusian Gentleman's Travels in the Fourteenth Century Muslim West"

Thu, March 29, 2012 | SAC 1.18

1:30 PM

A lecture by Alexander Elinson (Hunter College-CUNY)

Roundtable discussion with Alexander Elinson: Friday, March 30, 12-1pm, WMB 6.146.

This presentation will focus on the themes of loss and nostalgia in literature from al-Andalus (medieval Muslim Spain) and discuss how these themes have been inherited, developed, and exploited by writers of different eras, backgrounds, and genres.

Alexander Elinson is an Assistant Professor of Arabic Language and Literature at Hunter College of the City University of New York. His book entitled Looking Back at al-Andalus: the poetics of loss and nostalgia in medieval Arabic and Hebrew Literature is published by Brill. Professor Elinson has published articles, reviews and translations on the Arabic and Hebrew strophic poem (zajal and muwashshah), rhymed prose narrative (maqama), and modern Arabic poetry and narrative in numerous peer-reviewed journals. His current research examines political, social, and literary debates surrounding writing in Moroccan colloquial Arabic.

Sponsored by: Center for Middle Eastern Studies; Department of Religious Studies; Center for European Studies; Chair in Ethnic and Third World Literatures; Program in Comparative Literature; Department of English

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