[R5970] Projects of Modernity in Twentieth-Century Arabic Poetry

Created by Adey Almohsen
Thursday, 10/08/20 11:00 am


The following roundtable probes the broad question of poetic modernism in the Middle East during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Through a set of papers spanning the region’s eastern and western ends, we will reveal the diversities and contingencies of modernism in Arabic poetry. The papers shed light on modernist poetic projects that appeared in serials little-studied in relation to modern Arabic poetry, such as Tawfiq Sayigh’s ‘Hiwar,’ Ghassan Kanafani’s ‘al-Hadaf,’ and the Moroccan ‘Souffles/Anfas.’ The roundtable also seeks to complicate commonplaces through Tawfiq Zayyad’s communist-messianic critique of ‘iltizam’ and the debates surrounding Ghassan Kanafani’s resistance literature. But our concern goes further in presenting aspects of modern Arabic poetry that span many languages (from vernacular Arabic to French), geographies (from Iraq to Morocco), and time periods (from the 1950’s to the 2010’s). These varying aspects of modernity in Arabic poetry are explored from a likewise pluralistic lens, as a variety of disciplines are brought to bear on the discussion, ranging from aesthetics and literary criticism to sociology and history.


Hist; Lit; Philos




Tamir Sorek

(Pennsylvania State University)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;