Invited Lecture — Modern Literary Appropriations of 1001 Nights (UCLA)

Naguib Mahfouz and Edgar Allan Poe

Guest speaker for “One Thousand and One Nights” upper division course in Arabic and Comparative Literature at University of California, Los Angeles

Naguib Mahfouz’s fantastical dismantling of the well known narrative machinery of the traditional 1001 Nights in his 1979 novel Layali alf layla, alongside Poe’s mythical descriptions of modern inventions in his short story from 1845.

Arabian Nights and Days Book Cover Illustration by Chia-Chi Yu based in Taiwan (