NES 2754

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2017-2018.

This course examines Near East's rich and diverse literary heritage. We will read a selection of influential and wondrous texts from ancient to modern times, spanning geographically from the Iberian peninsula to Iran. We will trace three major threads: myths of creation and destruction; travel narratives; and poetry of love and devotion. Together we will read and discuss such ancient works as the 'Epic of Gilgamesh' and 'The Song of Songs,' as well as selections from medieval works such as the 'Travels' of Ibn Battuta, the 'Shahnameh' of Ferdowsi, poetry of Yehuda HaLevi, and The Thousand and One Nights. The modern unit will include work by Egyptian Nobel Laureate, Naguib Mahfouz. Students will also have the opportunity to research and analyze primary source materials in the collections of Cornell Rare Books and Manuscript Collection, and the Johnson Art Museum. All material is in English translation.

When Offered Fall.

Breadth Requirement (GHB)
Distribution Category (LA-AS)
Course Attribute (CU-ITL)
Satisfies Requirement Requirement for NES majors.

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  •   Combined with: COML 2754JWST 2754

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  9485NES 2754  LEC 001