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Durham University

School of Modern Languages & Cultures

Events in Modern Languages & Cultures

INAUGURAL LECTURE: Professor Paul Starkey [Dept of Arabic] 'Poetry, Politics and Prophethood: Kahlil Gibran in the Arabic literary context'

21st January 2009, 17:30, ER141, Elvet Riverside I, Durham University

Professor Paul Starkey will be giving his inaugural lecture entitled 'Poetry, Politics and Prophethood: Kahlil Gibran
in the Arabic literary context' on Wednesday 21 January 2009.

The Lebanese-American writer Jubran Khalil Jubran — better known to English-speaking readers as Kahlil Gibran — has acquired almost cult status in some circles, largely through his work The Prophet, written in English and first published in New York in 1923. In the Arabic literary context, however, his work has a quite different significance: through his membership of Arrabita (‘The Pen-Bond’) and other literary circles in the States, Jubran played a crucial role in familiarising Arab readers with trends in Western writing at the beginning of the twentieth century, and his Arabic works occupy an important transitional place between the writers of the nineteenth-century Arabic nahda (‘Revival’) and later literature in Arabic. This lecture will discuss Jubran’s works in Arabic published between 1912 and 1919, as a contribution to an ongoing reassessment of the influence of the West in the development of modern Middle Eastern literatures.

Contact p.g.starkey@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.