In this course, we will examine contemporary Syrian television drama dealing with gender constructions, marriage metaphors, notions of honor and shame, and social discourse. We will study different trends in Syrian drama such as old Damascene tales, which seek a return to the past. We will also study progressive trends. A large portion of this course will focus on reading newspaper and magazine articles written by critics in response to these serials. Students will also watch televised interviews of directors and writers of television drama. The purpose of this will be for students to grasp the nature of the impact of television drama on Syrian society. Presentations and compositions are among the requirements. Course is conducted entirely in Arabic. Asian Studies Interdiciplinary Minor and International Studies Interdiciplinary Minor credit.
Satisfies a minor requirement in Arabic; cultural diversity requirement; Asian Studies Interdiciplinary Minor and International Studies Interdiciplinary Minor (Middle East sections); Communication Studies Interdiciplinary Minor; and the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies the Literature distribution requirement.