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The Arabian Nights and its Afterlives: Yasmine Seale in Conversation

November 23, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Join us Tuesday, November 23rd, as BISR faculty Rebecca Ariel Porte, Suzanne Schneider, and Ajay Singh Chaudhary welcome poet and translator Yasmine Seale for a wide-ranging discussion of the aesthetics, poetics, and politics of the Arabian Nights. In a multi-part event, with readings, interview, and panel conversation, we will ask: What is the history of the Arabian Nights? How does it figure in the traditions of Persian and Arabic storytelling? What explains its enthusiastic European reception, coincidental with the dawn of modern Western imperialism? How do the tales treat and speak to questions of gender, power, and sexuality? Why has the Arabian Nights proved so fertile a source of inspiration to modern writers of nearly all cultures? Does it validate or problematize pan-cultural, universalist notions of a so-called world literature?

The Arabian Nights and Its Afterlives is free to attend and will stream live to the BISR public Facebook page. To receive any updates and a reminder, please RSVP below.


Brooklyn Institute