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141222 SE Popular literature and Folk Art in Palestine and Yemen (2021S)

Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first serve).


max. 14 participants
Language: English



Das Semester ist derzeit digital geplant.
Mi 13:15-14:45
Beginn: 10.03.2021


Aims, contents and method of the course

This course will provide an overview of Popular Literature and Folk Art in Palestine and Yemen during the 20th century until the present day. The focus will be on the importance of Popular Literature and Folk Art in understanding people’s lives and providing us with knowledge on different aspects of a society such as forgotten historical events, people’s beliefs, their habits, practices, and current and past contextual circumstances. In addition to that, we will explore how Popular Literature and Folk Art is considered as a source of epistemological knowledge which contributes to the construction of counter-narratives. To reflect upon these aspects a comparative approach will be employed, including an exploration of the wider literature on the subject. Various practical examples, such as graffiti, art and poems will be discussed and analysed in order to reflect upon the role of Popular literature and Folk Art in both societies.

Assessment and permitted materials

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Students have to attend classes regularly, read articles about the topic and participate in discussions during the lecture. In addition to that, students have to prepare an oral presentation, submit one short essay, as well as a final paper which meets common scholarly standards.

Examination topics

Reading list

'Abduh, ‘Alī. Ḥikāyāt wa asāṭīr yamaniyya (Stories and Yemeni Mythical tales). Ṣan'ā: Dār al- Kalimah, 1985.

Adra, Najwa. “Literacy through Poetry: A Pilot Project for Rural Women in the Republic of Yemen.” Women's Studies Quarterly, vol. 32, no. 1/2, (2004): pp. 226–243.

Al-Baraddūnī, ʻAbd Allāh, 1988. A’lṯqāf a’l šʿbya tjārub wa a’qāwyl yamanya.(Popular culture: Experiences and Yemeni sayings). Bayrūt: Dār al-Ḥadāṯaẗ.

Boullata, Kamal. Palestinian Art from 1850 to the Present.London: Saqi Books, 2009.

Farah Aboubakr. "Peasantry in Palestinian Folktales: Sites of Memory, Homeland, and Collectivity." Marvels & Tales 31, no. 2 (2017): 217-38.

Frandsen, Sanne, Timothy Kuhn, and Marianne Wolff Lundholt, eds. Counter-Narratives and Organization.
New York: Routledge, 2017.

Gaut, Berys. Art as a Cluster Concept. In: Noel Carrol (ed.), Theories of Art Today, 25-44. Madison: The University of Wisconsin Press, 2000.

Hagar Salamon. "Embroidered Palestine: A Stitched Narrative." Narrative Culture 3, no. 1 (2016): 1-31.

Kanaaneh, Moslih, et al., editors. Palestinian Music and Song: Expression and Resistance since 1900. Indiana University Press, 2013.

Stein, Rebecca L., and Ted Swedenburg, editors. Palestine, Israel, and the Politics of Popular Culture. Duke University Press, 2005.

Taminian, Lucine. Persuading the Monarchs: Poetry and Politics in Yemen, 1920-1950. In: Rémy Leveau, Franck Mermier, and Udo Steinbach (eds.), Le Yémen contemporain,(1999): 203-219. Paris: Boulevard Arago.

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