Reading Response Cover Sheet (Week 2)
Due in-class on Tuesday, October 28
Grabar, Oleg. “Introduction.” In: The Illustrations of the Maqamat, 1-6. Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, 1984.
Randall, Francis B. “The Goofy in Art.” British Journal of Aesthetics 11 (1971): 327-340.
Wood, Ramsay. Miscellaneous Stories (The Carpenter’s Monkey; The Fox and the Drum; The Lion and the Hare; Chitchat Turtle and the Geese). In: Kalila and Dimna: Fables of Friendship and Betrayal, 72, 77, 115-120, and 177-180. London: Saqi, 2008.
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- There are numerous gaps in previous scholarship on al-Hariri’s Maqamat. According to Oleg Grabar, in what ways will his book The Illustrations of the Maqamat contribute to existing scholarship? Please list three of these proposed contributions.
- Do you agree with Francis Randall’s assessment and explanation of goofy elements in some art? If you agree explain why (what part of his argument was most compelling to you). If you do not agree, explain why not.
- After reading all four of the assigned Kalila and Dimna stories, which one do you think is most frequently illustrated (i.e., lends itself easily to illustration). Why? Explain in 2-3 sentences.
- Which Kalila and Dimna story did you find most amusing? Dissect and explain the story’s humorous appeal in 100 words. If the story speaks to a particular life experience of your own you may include that in your explanation as well.
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