Author's Forum Presents: Mahmoud Darwish: The Poet’s Art and His Nation: A Conversation with Khaled Mattawa and Anton Shammas
Khaled Mattawa, U-M professor of English, and Anton Shammas, U-M professor of comparative literature, modern Middle Eastern literature, and Near Eastern studies, discuss Mattawa's new book Mahmoud Darwish: A Poet's Art and His Nation, which "pays tribute to one of the most celebrated and well-read poets of our era. With detailed knowledge of Arabic verse and a firm grounding in Palestinian history, Mattawa explores the ways in which Darwish’s aesthetics have played a crucial role in shaping and maintaining Palestinian identity and culture through decades of warfare, attrition, exile, and land confiscation. Mattawa chronicles the evolution of his poetry, from a young poet igniting resistance in occupied land to his decades in exile where his work grew in ambition and scope. In doing so, Mattawa reveals Darwish’s verse to be both rooted to its place of longing and to transcend place, as it reaches for the universal and the human."
The Author's Forum is a collaboration between the U-M Institute for the Humanities, University Library, & Ann Arbor Book Festival.