Courses:

Social Sciences >> Cultural Studies


For Course Instructors

  • Advertise your course for free
  • Feature your course listing
  • Create course discussion group
  • Link to your course page
  • Increase student enrollment

More Info...>>


Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 21A.453 (Spring 2004) 
  • Course Title:
  • Anthropology of the Middle East 
  • Course Level:
  • Undergraduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Anthropology 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. Susan Slyomovics 
  • Course Introduction:
  •  


  • 21A.453 Anthropology of the Middle East



    Spring 2004




    Course Highlights


    This course features a documentary by Prof. Slyomovics, as well as a wealth of photographs and folk art, in the study materials section.


    Course Description


    This course examines traditional performances of the Arabic-speaking populations of the Middle East and North Africa. Starting with the history of the ways in which the West has discovered, translated and written about the Orient, we will consider how power and politics play roles in the production of culture, narrative and performance. This approach assumes that performance, verbal art, and oral literature lend themselves to spontaneous adaptation and to oblique expression of ideas and opinions whose utterance would otherwise be censorable or disruptive. In particular we will be concerned with the way traditional performance practices are affected by and respond to the consequences of modernization.

    Topics include oral epic performance, sacred narrative, Koranic chant performance, the folktale, solo performance, cultural production and resistance.



    Special Features




    Technical Requirements


    QuickTime® Player software is required to view the .mov files found on this course site. RealOne™ Player software is required to run the .ram files found on this course site.

     

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT:
This course content is a redistribution of MIT Open Courses. Access to the course materials is free to all users.






© 2009-2017 HigherEdSpace.com, All Rights Reserved.
Higher Ed Space ® is a registered trademark of AmeriCareers LLC.