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Thu, Mar 04, 2021 09:15 PM - Thu, Mar 04, 2021 11:00 PM

It is gradually being acknowledged that the Arabic story-collection Thousand and One Nights has had a major influence on European and world literature. In this lecture we will examine the influence of the Nights, as an intertextual model, on 20th century prose literature from all over the world. 

Several authors will be discussed whose work has been crucial in the shaping of the main trends in 20th century literature, such as modernism, magical realism and postmodernism. Several themes and narrative strategies will be examined set in their narratological, literary-historical and political contexts. 

It will be argued that the case of the Thousand and One Nights represents a quintessential example of the mechanisms of intertextuality and the development of what can be called ‘world literature’.

Event Speakers will include:

- Richard van Leeuwen, Senior Lecturer in Islamic Studies, University of Amsterdam; Winner of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award for Arabic Culture in Other Languages (2020)
- Dr Assef Ashraf, Lecturer in Eastern Islamic Lands, Faculty of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, Cambridge University

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Mar 04 - Mar 04, 2021

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