Fall 2016 Poetry Colloquium

Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies & Sakka Family Fund presents:

The Georgetown Colloquium in Arabic Literature, Fall 2016

Transgression and Invention Language, Genre and Interarts in Modern Arabic Poetry

Colloquium Flyer

Director: Suzanne Stetkevych

Assistant Director: Hatem Alzahrani

When: 27-28 October, 2016

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

Abstracts – English, Arabic

Program in Arabic

Draft Program

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 dīwān “Al-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