NEAREAST 433 - Gender and Representation in the Modern Middle East
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Near East Studies (NEAREAST)
Department: LSA Near Eastern Studies
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May not be repeated for credit.
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This course examines the many different ways that gender and female and male subjectivities and sexualities “of” the Middle East are constructed, represented and deployed in a variety of both Middle Eastern and western literary and cultural forms, including travel accounts, cookbook memoirs, short stories, novels, and musical performance, as well as in visual cultural forms including film, photography and painting. Within a framework of gender as an analytical lens, not in isolation from but rather integrated with other multiple constitutive and contextual factors, we will explore topics such as gendered and sexualized aspects of representations of the colonizer-colonized relationship, constructions of masculinity and ‘manliness’ in nationalist discourses as well as its deployment of the feminine and ‘motherhood,’ challenges to and subversions of traditionally inscribed gender roles, and more. The focus will be primarily on the Arab Middle East.

This course was previously offered under the title AAPTIS 496.

Course Requirements:

Grades are based on active engagement with assigned course materials (readings and films) as reflected in informed participation in class discussion, regular Forum Post submissions, a mid-term paper of roughly 7 pages, and a final paper of roughly 10 pages, as well as 1-2 in-class presentations.

Intended Audience:

Open to all with interest in the topic, including those with no previous background, as well as those who have some background and/or are concentrators in Near Eastern Studies or other related areas seeking to broaden and deepen their knowledge of the subject.

Class Format:

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NEAREAST 433 - Gender and Representation in the Modern Middle East
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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Coursepack Location:
Canvas Site
Note: Purchase 3 books, all other readings and films accessible through our Canvas site.
ISBN: 0435086219
Fantasia, an Algerian cavalcade, Author: Assia Djebar ; translated by Dorothy S. Blair., Publisher: Heinemann 1993
ISBN: 0435900668
Season of migration to the North, Author: Tayeb Salih ; translated from the Arabic by Denys Johnson-Davies., Publisher: Heinemann repr. with 1980
ISBN: 0385472064
The story of Zahra, Author: Hanan al-Shaykh., Publisher: Anchor Books 1st Anchor 1995
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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