COMPLIT 372 - Literature and Identity
Section: 001 Home and Homelessness in Israel and Palestine
Term: WN 2014
Subject: Comparative Literature (COMPLIT)
Department: LSA Comparative Literature
Requirements & Distribution:
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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This course explores the cultural construction of "home" in a heterogenic and highly stratified society. One way to describe the contemporary troubling situation in Israel and Palestine is through the trope of "home," as a culture, or cultures engage in a war for a national, religious, ethnic, class, or gendered "home." The main question here is, what does it mean to "be home?" and how has home been privileged, contested and continually negotiated? By exploring a wide range of literary texts, films, popular music and art, we will focus on the unique aesthetic, linguistic and thematic expressions of home, particularly the way these expressions have generated borders, utopian contours, and conceptual categories of insiders. We will also examine the representation of domesticity and hospitality, and alternately, of exile, homelessness, and wilderness. Using a wider anthropological perspective, we will also study several historical inventions of new habitats within Zionist discourse such as the kibbutzim, ma'abarot (transitional camps), and refugee camps. Special attention will be paid to the constitutive power of literature, both oral and textual, within Israeli Jewish and Palestinian national narratives.

Course Requirements:

Evaluation will be based on regular attendance and participation in class discussion, keeping a regular reading and viewing journal, a midterm assignment, and a final paper.

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COMPLIT 372 - Literature and Identity
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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ISBN: 0913441996
Book of sins, Author: Nidaa Khoury ; translated by Betsy Rosenberg., Publisher: House of Nehesi Publishers
ISBN: 0872864197
Picnic grounds : a novel in fragments, Author: by Oz Shelach., Publisher: City Lights Books 2003
ISBN: 0156030500
Open closed open : poems, Author: Yehuda Amichai ; translated from the Hebrew by Chana Bloch and Chana Kronfeld., Publisher: Harcourt 1st Harves 2006
ISBN: 1556592418
The butterfly's burden : poems, Author: by Mahmoud Darwish ; translated from the Arabic by Fady Joudah., Publisher: Copper Canyon Press 2006
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