LITE-2505B Arabian Nights and Frame Tales

This course will examine three tale collections in their historic and cultural contexts: the Arabian collection Arabian Nights (6-14th Century) and the Castilian collections adapted from Arabian Kalila and Dimna (8th Century) and Sendebar (8th Century). The pieces will be analyzed in their literary, didactic (as transmitters of ethic, spiritual, political and aesthetic knowledge) and historic (as products of the traffic of fiction between Medieval Europe and the Middle East) dimensions, and as meeting points between oral tradition and writing). It will also study its influence on the formation of the modern genres of short stories and novels, as well as the formation of modern authors and readers. Reading the medieval works suggested in this course will help identify the main themes and motivations present in the medieval beginnings of vernacular literature that continue to affect their ulterior development.




Sanin Paz Carolina