ARB 329 - Middle Eastern Melodrama
(Conducted in Arabic.)This class will begin with an examination of Egyptian drama from the 1990s through the Arab uprisings of 2011 to explore television’s role as a producer of national culture. Our study of Syrian television drama will begin with the early political parodies of the 1960s through 80s, which culminated in the production of the most esteemed dramas in the Arab world. Secular in approach and entirely of a male perspective, the main concern of these political parodies was an embattled, subordinate masculinity within the family, which served as a microcosm of the state. This course will culminate in a close viewing of the phenomena of dubbed Turkish miniseries in the Arab world. Finally, we will examine the rise of pan-Arab miniseries, whose escapist storylines serve as a distraction from current politics. Through press releases, on-line interviews, and internet research we will remain highly sensitive to questions of reception, audience, and impact. Students will continue to enhance and master key Arabic grammar concepts through practical application in compositions and presentations. The course is conducted entirely in Arabic.
Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts requirement.
Prerequisites & Notes
Permission of the instructor.