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Getting it Wrong: Poetry and Narrative in Ninth Century Baghdad

Getting it Wrong: Poetry and Narrative in Ninth Century Baghdad
170 St. George Street, Room 100
Time: Mar 25th, 4:00 pm End: Mar 25th, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Religion, Study of (FAS), Philosophy (UTSC), Philosophy (UTM), Philosophy (FAS), Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (FAS), Medieval Studies (FAS), Language Studies (UTM), Italian Studies (FAS), Islamic Studies, History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), Comparative Literature (FAS), 400-1200
Public Lecture by Michael Cooperson, UCLA

The Jackman Humanities Institute Program for the Arts on Humour, Play, and Games is pleased to present:

Michael Cooperson, UCLA

Getting it Wrong: Poetry and Narrative in Ninth Century Baghdad

In his verses, Abu Nuwas boasts of his drunken orgies, while his contemporary Abu I-Atahiyah begs his audience to remember death and the afterlife. This talk looks at what happened when each poet tried living out his ideal in the real world.

Michael Cooperson teaches Arabic language and literature at UCLA. He works on the cultural theory of the early Abbasid caliphate, time travel as a literary device, and Maltese language and culture. His most recent monograph is Al Ma 'mūn, a biography of the Caliph. His most recent translation is Ibn al-Jawzī's Virtues of the Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal, for the Library of Arabic Literature.

This event is free and open to all. For further information, please contact Kim Yates, Associate Director at the Jackman Humanities Institute, at (416) 946-0313.

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NOTE for University of Toronto faculty members, graduate students, and advanced undergrads:  Michael Cooperson will also present a lunch seminar on Arabic translation on Thursday 26 March from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in Bancroft Hall room 200B. Participation is by RSVP: please contact Professor Jeannie Miller by 16 March 2015.

This event was supported by:

  • Centre for Medieval Studies
  • Centre for Comparative Literature
  • Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations
  • Department of Language Studies (UTM)
  • Institute of Islamic Studies
  • Middle East History and Theory Workshop
  • Toronto Arabic Studies Colloquium

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