Faculty News

Richard Serrano, Professor of French and Comparative Literature, Wins a Guggenheim for 2010-2011.

The Guggenheim will permit Prof Serrano to complete his third book, Qur'an and the Lyric Imperative.  Prof. Serrano says, "Although the Qur'an was intended to replace poetry at the center of Arab culture, within a century of its first dissemination, elucidation of the Qur'an's difficult words required citation of the very same poetry.  I argue that the dynamic of these contradictory impulses is the primary source of meaning in Arabic literature through the fifteenth century."