Alexandria and the Cosmopolitan Spirit

Literature

Course Description

All Winter 2021 courses will take place on Zoom. Readings will be available online and by in-person retrieval.

From its foundation by Alexander the Great, Alexandria has been a great cosmopolitan city. As the capital of the Ptolomites, this city grew into a brilliant centre of Hellenistic artistic and intellectual achievement. For more than 2000 years, it absorbed Roman, Christian, Arab, Ottoman, and European cultural influences. What conditions permitted Alexandria to become such a cosmopolitan milieu? How has the ideal of cosmopolitanism reacted and adapted when pressured by nationalism, populism, and other modern political forces? To what extent--and by what means--has Alexandria escaped the intense strife that has roiled Cairo? How has the changing role of women--in literature and in real life--inflected Alexandrian cosmopolitanism?

This six-week course will offer an overview of Alexandria’s storied past, through readings of the literary output of Alexandrians and other writers during the first half of the 20th century. Readings will include works by Lawrence Durrell, C.P. Cavafy, Giuseppe Ungaretti, Robert Solé, Ahdaf Soueif, and Nobel prize-winner Naquib Mahfouz.

Books to purchase:

There are no books to purchase for this course.

This course is now FULL. If you would like to join the waitlist, email us at info@thomasmore.qc.ca. Should vacancies develop, those on the waiting list will be contacted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Course Details

First Session: Wednesday 20 January 2021

Course Length: 6 weeks, Wednesdays, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Discussion Team: Munirah Amra, Irene Menear, Jim Queen

Degree Credit: Half-credit

Course Fee: 

$120.00 (standard tuition)

$80.00 (promotion for new students)

Administrative Fee:

$25.00


Total:

$145.00 (standard tuition)

$105.00 (promotion for new students)

 


Course fees are refundable in full before the second session. After the second session, a fee of $50 for the withdrawal will be applied. Refunds will not be issued after the third session. Please note that non-attendance does not constitute a withdrawal.

Students pursuing studies for credit are encouraged to consult with their advisers as they register for courses.

This course is now FULL. If you would like to join the waitlist, email us at info@thomasmore.qc.ca. Should vacancies develop, those on the waiting list will be contacted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Questions? Stuck? Give us a call at (514) 935-9585
or email us at info@thomasmore.qc.ca