COMPLIT 372 - Literature and Identity
Section: 001 Home and Homelessness in Israel and Palestine
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Comparative Literature (COMPLIT)
Department: LSA Comparative Literature
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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The general objective of COMPLIT 372: Home, Homeland and Homelessness: Israel and Palestine is to explore the cultural construction of “home” in a multicultural immigrant society: how it is privileged, how it is contested, and what it means to “be home”. Exploring a wide range of literary texts, films, popular music and art, it aims to articulate the aesthetic, linguistic and thematic conceptions of home—its borders, interior, doors, and bridges—that have generated historical claims, utopian contours, conceptions of insiders and strangers, as well as other social categories such as domesticity and hospitality, and alternately, exile, homelessness, and wilderness. Can we argue that a troubled culture such as contemporary Israel can, and should, be described as undergoing a war for a national, religious, ethnic, class, or gendered “home?” In a wider anthropological discussion we will study several historical inventions of new habitats within Zionist discourse such as kibbutz, ma’abara or transitional camp, and refugee camps and draw the connections to the way they were represented within the dominant discourse. A special attention is paid to the constitutive power of literature, both oral and textual, within Israeli Jewish and Palestinian national narratives.

Maximum enrollment: 30


Midterm Exam = 30%

Final Paper = 35%

Class Participation=10%

Class Presentation=25%

COMPLIT 372 - Literature and Identity
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001 (SEM)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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