Arabic Literature Colloquium: Transgression and Invention Language, Genre and Interarts in Modern Arabic Poetry

The Colloquium will be Conducted in Arabic

The Department of Arabic & Islamic Studies, Georgetown University

with support from The Sakka Family Foundation


The Georgetown Colloquium in Arabic Literature, Fall 2016


Transgression and Invention

Language, Genre and Interarts in Modern Arabic Poetry


Director: Suzanne Stetkevych; Assistant Director: Hatem Alzahrani


27-28 October, 2016

Baker Scholars Conference Room, Room 550, Regent’s Hall 5th Floor



Panel 1: Thursday 27 October, 3:00-5:30 p.m.

Yaseen Noorani, University of Arizona

Translating World Literature into Arabic and Arabic into World Literature: Sulayman al-Bustani’s al-Ilyādha

Huda Fakhreddine, The University of Pennsylvania 

The Poetics of Translation and Translated Poetics

Waed Athamneh, Connecticut College

The World is an Arena of Terror: ʿAbd al-Wahhāb al-Bayātī’s “Meditations on the Other Face of Love”

Hatem Alzahrani, Georgetown University

The Poem of Interpretation: The Location of Language in Qassim Haddad’s dīwānAl-Nihāyātu tanʾā” (The Endings Recede).



Keynote Address and Reception: Thursday 27 October, 6:00-8:00 p.m.


Qassim Haddad, Bahraini Poet & Critic; Sakka Family Fund Visiting Professor, Department of Arabic & Islamic Studies, Georgetown University

Genre Transgression and Interarts Invention



Panel 2: Friday 28 October: 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Boutheina Khaldi, American University of Sharjah, UAE

The Intermingling of Genres in The Strangers

Mohammad Alahmad, Georgetown University

Inter-genre and the Issues of Poetics in Contemporary Arabic Poetry: The Prose Poem

Elliott Colla, Georgetown University

Lamentation in the Time of Prohibition: Amal Dunqul’s “Ughniyyat ka‘aka hajariyya”

Sayed A. Elsisi, University of Maryland

The Erotic in Modern Arabic Poetry: From Sufi-Eroticism to Cynicism


Panel 3: Friday 28 October, 2:00-4:30 p.m.

Jeffrey Sacks, University of California, Riverside

Babbling: Language Interruption in Adunis and al-Farabi

Esraa al-Shammari, University of Pennsylvania

Prosimetrum in Arabic: The Case of Adūnīs in al-Kitāb

Hasan al-Sulami, Georgetown University

Between Prose and Poetry: Toward a Reading of Saʿīd al-Surayḥī’s Al-Ruways

Muhsin al-Musawi, Columbia University

Poetry and the Poetics of Prose in Elias Khouri’s Children of the Ghetto

Friday, October 28, 2016 at 9:30am to 4:30pm

Baker Scholars Conference Room, Regent’s Hall 5th Floor, Room 550

Event Type

Academic Events


Georgetown College, Arabic and Islamic Studies


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