Under the generous sponsorship of the Dean of the University College in Al-Qunfudhah, Dr. Yassin bin Abdullah Al-Zobaidy, the Vice Deanship of the College for Graduate Studies and Scientific Research, in cooperation with the Departments of Arabic and English at the College, held on Monday 30 Rajab 1439AH a scientific seminar titled: “Functions of Literature and Prospects of Waiting and Receiving”. It was held with the coordination and supervision of the Unit of Scientific Research in the College, which constantly seeks to hold similar seminars and partnerships between the departments of the college to utilize all the academic competencies within it. Lecturers in the seminar included Dr. Lotfy Debeish, Dr. Ali Khefif, and Dr. Yahia Edriss from the Department of English. The seminar was led by Dr. Abdullah Banaqib, the professor from the Department of Arabic.
Lecturers explained that the difference between languages and tongues does not hinder the process of intellectual coordination between the Departments of Arabic and English, but rather made the theory of acceptance and prospects of waiting the basis of their inputs. It is a theory that makes the history of literature not only based on writers, but also on readers. Literary text is created twice: when it is actually created, and when it is accepted and received.
The lecturers also discussed the various functions of literature, the role of writers in their communities and their abilities to leave social and psychological impact. They also discussed theories of literature and several traditional and modern criticism schools. Moreover, they explained through their inputs that modern curricula interpret texts from the inside rather than from the surface, examining what is surrounding it rather than what is part of it.
The seminar was attended by the Head of the Arabic Department, Dr. Ali Al-Shahri; the Vice Dean of the College for Educational Affairs, Dr. Ahmed Al-Sharif, and several faculty members within the college. The seminar saw the inputs and interactions of the attendees, and was concluded with honoring them.