Conference The Arabian Nights : Encounters and Translations in Literature and the Arts

Open to the Public


Location NYUAD Downtown Campus, Abu Dhabi

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This conference explores the many rich and exciting impacts of Oriental story-telling on western fiction and entertainment. Through talks and readings, we develop a deep understanding of the long, imaginative interactions between the Middle Eastern, Asian, and Western worlds.

Sessions examine, in particular, the influence of the Arabian Nights on music and film, as well as on narrative literature. Among the subjects of discussion are: Orientalism in the Far East; an Indian film genre of the 1930s known to film historians as "The Arabian Nights Fantasy"; perspectives on teaching the Arabian Nights; and adapting the Arabian Nights into music and onto the stage.

Image from the copy of stories from The Arabian Nights/Retold by Laurence Housman; with drawings by Edmund Dulac. Nottingham: Hodder and Stoughton (1907), Frontispiece, held in Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library, New York, NY

Convened by

Philip Kennedy Faculty Director, NYUAD Institute; Associate Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, NYU

Marina Warner Novelist, Cultural Historian, and former fellow of the Remarque Institute, NYU