Dr. Rana Khalid Basfar, an assistaant professor of English Literature, participated in the Annual conference of the American Comparative Literature Association
(8-11 April, 2021) by organizing a two-day session entitled “Rediscovering the Arabian Nights
” about the contemporary trends, adaptations, and literary studies of The One Thousand and One Nights
. She also presented a paper entitled “The Re-creation of The Nights
in François Verster’s The Dream of Shahrazad.
” This paper focuses on The Dream of Shahrazad
(2014) by Emmy-Award-winning South African documentary film maker/director François Verster. This key contemporary film re-works the Nights
and innovatively re-creates a modern visual tale influenced by the Nights’
narrative paradigm—both atheistically and formally.