February 18, 2016, 5:30pm
Metapoesis in the Arabic Tradition
Presenter: Dr. Huda J. Fakhreddine (University of Pennsylvania)
Location: Fisher - Bennett Hall Room 244, 3340 Walnut Street Philadelphia PA, 19104

Join the Middle East Center for a talk presented by Dr. Huda J. Fakhreddine on her recently published book, Metapoesis in the Arabic Tradition.

In her new book, Metapoesis in the Arabic Tradition,  Dr. Huda J. Fakhreddine expands the study of metapoesis to include the Abbasid age in Arabic literature. Through this lens that is often used to study modernist poetry of the 20th and the 21st century, the book detects and examines a meta-poetic tendency and a self-reflexive attitude in the poetry of the first century of Abbasid poets. “What and why is poetry?”, these are the types of questions the Abbasid poets asked themselves with the same persistence and urgency their modern successors did. This approach to the poetry of the Abbasid age serves to refresh our sense of what is “modernist” or “poetically new” and detach it from chronology.

Dr. Fakhreddine is Assistant Professor of Arabic literature at the University of Pennsylvania. Her work focuses on modernist movements or trends in Arabic poetry and their relationship to the Arabic literary tradition. Dr. Fakhreddine holds an MA in English literature from the American University of Beirut and a PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Indiana University, Bloomington.