Roger Allen - "Arabian Nights: A Tale of Two Tale Collections"
Roger Allen is Professor Emeritus of Arabic and Chair of the Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations and PASEF President for 2011-2012.
Dr. Allen came to Penn from Oxford in 1968 and taught Arabic Language and Literature at Penn for 43 years until June 2011. During that time he became heavily involved in the language-teaching programs of the university, including the introduction of oral testing of students in the 1980s. He also participated in the Comparative Literature program and served for 12 years as the SAS Director of the Huntsman Program, the joint-degree program in International Studies and Business in both SAS and Wharton.
In his talk, Dr. Allen will be considering the history of the world's most famous (and fabulous) collection of stories, including the equally incredible story of how it came into existence and the ways in which it has been (mis)used. There are essentially two versions of Arabian Nights: one of Asian provenance, the other a direct consequence of translation into European languages.
The luncheon will be at 12pm on Thursday, December 15, 2011 in the Lenape Room of the University Club.