JUDAIC 417 - Topics in Judaic Studies
Section: 003 Middle Eastern Memoirs and Collective Memory: Arabs and Jews Tell Life Stories
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Judaic Studies (JUDAIC)
Department: LSA Judaic Studies
Waitlist Capacity:
May be elected three times for credit.
Rackham Information:
Rackham credit requires additional work.
Primary Instructor:

In this course we read and view a selection of memoirs and other forms of autobiographical representation by people in or from the Middle East. While there is some emphasis on Palestinian and Israeli memoirs, the course includes works outside of these as well, (e.g., works by an Egyptian Jewish émigré residing in the U.S., a Jordanian-American writer, an Iraqi-Palestinian photographer/installation artist) as well as more ambiguous forms that interrogate or deliberately blur generic boundaries, such as the autobiographical novel, fictional autobiography, etc. In conjunction with our reading of these memoirs, we will examine selected theoretical writings on different modalities of memoir and autobiographical writing and discourse, and on collective memory. A central thread running through the course will be mapping and analyzing the different kinds of relationships and tensions posited between “the individual and the collective,” in such works, and the accompanying stakes and politics of representing a collective. We will also examine how particular experiences (e.g., surviving the Holocaust, ruptures such as dislocation, exile, coming under occupation, etc.) or positionalities (e.g., as part of an ethnic or religious minority, as female) are viewed as delineating a collective, and how they shape narration and representation in autobiographical forms. Primary readings will include works by: Amos Oz, Raja Shehadeh, Ronit Matalon, Assia Djebar, Diana Abu Jaber, Andre Aciman, Aharon Appelfeld, Khalil Sakakini, Sayyed Kashua, and others as well as a selection of films. The course will be run seminar-style.

JUDAIC 417 - Topics in Judaic Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Meets with Judaic 517, HJCS 491/591, and ACABS 491/591
002 (SEM)
W 4:00PM - 7:00PM
003 (LEC)
Th 11:00AM - 2:00PM
004 (SEM)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: Meets with HJCS 491
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

Coursepack Location:
Available on CTools at beginning of semester
Materials for course are a combination of readings on CTools, and books available at Michigan Book & Supply
ISBN: 9780156032520
A tale of love and darkness, Author: Amos Oz ; translated from the Hebrew by Nicholas de Lange., Publisher: Harcourt 1st Harves 2005
ISBN: 9781846682506
Strangers in the house : coming of age in occupied Palestine, Author: Raja Shehadeh., Publisher: Profile 2009
ISBN: 9780805211269
The story of a life, Author: Aharon Appelfeld ; translated from the Hebrew by Aloma Halter., Publisher: Schocken Books 1st Americ 2006
ISBN: 9780312426552
Out of Egypt : a memoir, Author: Andre Aciman., Publisher: Picador/Farrar, Straus and Giroux 1st Picado 2007
ISBN: 9781400077762
The language of baklava : a memoir., Author: Diana Abu-Jaber., Publisher: Anchor Books 1st Anchor 2006
ISBN: 9780802141262
Dancing Arabs, Author: Sayed Kashua ; translated from the Hebrew by Miriam Shlesinger., Publisher: Grove Press 1st ed. 2004
ISBN: 9781862077218
Sharon and my mother-in-law : Ramallah diaries, Author: Amiry, Suad., Publisher: Granta Books 2005
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