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Great Books Seminar – Arabian Nights
April 27, 2015 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The group will discuss the “Prologue” and the first 27 nights. This selection includes both the frame story, in which the inimitable Scheherezade hatches her plan to charm the king and the first two sequences of stories that she tells him. While famous mostly for being wondrous and wondrously entertaining stories, the tales also raise important questions about politics, family life, and divine providence.
We recommend the translation by Husain Haddawy, published by Norton. The reading is about 60 pages in total. Most of the seminar will deal with the Prologue and the first sequence of stories (Nights 1-7), so participants are welcome to come even if they do not have time to complete the reading.
The seminar is free and open to the public and will be facilitated by Erik Dempsey, Lecturer at UT-Austin and Assistant Director of the Thomas Jefferson Center.