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Umm Kulthum and the Poetics of Revolution
Start Date: 4/14/2016Start Time: 4:15 PM
End Date: 4/14/2016End Time: 5:30 PM

Event Description:

Umm Kulthūm and the Poetics of Revolution, a lecture by Huda Fakhreddine

This lecture, given by Huda Fakhreddine, Assistant Professor of Arabic Literature at University of Pennsylvania, examines Umm Kulthūm’s contribution to the revolutionary discourse of the 1950s and 1960s in the Arab World through her manipulation of the Arabic *qaṣīdah*. Umm Kulthūm was a master at keying her performance, directing her audience towards specific interpretations and messages. The lecture focuses on the renowned singer's transformation of two *qaṣīdahs* by Aḥmad Shawqī into enduring songs of revolution.

Huda Fakhreddine is a specialist in Arabic literature. Her work focuses on modernist movements or trends in Arabic poetry and their relationship to the Arabic literary tradition. Her book Metapoesis in the Arabic Tradition (Brill, 2015) is a study of the modernist poetry of the twentieth century Free Verse movement and the Abbasid muḥdath movement, as periods of literary crisis and meta-poetic reflection. She is interested in the role of the Arabic qaṣīdahas a space for negotiating the foreign and the indigenous, the modern and the traditional, and its relationship to other poetic forms such as the Free Verse poem and the prose poem. She also has an interest in Translation Studies, the politics of translation and its role in creating the image and status of Arabic literature, and especially poetry, in other languages. She 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

Location Information:
*Swarthmore College - Kohlberg
Room: Kohlberg, Scheuer Room
Contact Information:
Name: Nesrine Chahine
Phone: 610-957-6103
Email: nchahin1@swarthmore.edu
Event Sponsors
Arabic Program of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
Islamic Studies Department
Department of Music and Dance
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