MIDEAST 326 - The Arab-Israeli Conflict in Middle Eastern Literature and Film
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Middle East Studies (MIDEAST)
Department: LSA Middle East Studies
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

In this course, we examine the Arab-Israeli conflict as portrayed in both Arabic/Palestinan and Hebrew/Israeli literary traditions - short stories, novels, novellas, literary essays and personal accounts - and film, looking at how adversaries portray each other, how mutual stereotypes are created and reinforced, or broken down as the case may be, and how the conflict has shaped the development of these respective literary and filmic traditions in substantially different ways. Complementing courses that examine the Arab-Israeli conflict through political and historical lenses and approaches, this course offers the unique perspective of examining the conflict through the literature and film produced by parties to the conflict. Readings will include works by Liana Badr, Orly Castel-Bloom, Emile Habiby, Ghassan Kanafani, Sayed Kashua, Etgar Keret, Sahar Khalifeh, Amos Oz, Dorit Rabinyan, Khalil Sakakini, Adaniya Shiblir, Mahmoud Shukeir, A.B. Yehoshua, S. Yizhar, etc. as well as a selection of Palestinian and Israeli feature films pertaining to the conflict.

Course Requirements:

Active participation and input on the part of students in class discussion is central to this course, that reflects that students have read/viewed and given through to assigned materials. Assessment in this course is based on discussion/participation in class, a short response paper (2 pages), a mid-term paper (6-7 pages) and a final paper (10 pages), on in-class presentation, and discussion posts (1-2 per week)

Intended Audience:

There are no prerequisites for this course an no expectations of prior familiarity with the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Class Format:

The format of the course is primarily seminar-style discussion, with some brief segments of lecture by instructor providing background and context for assigned materials.

MIDEAST 326 - The Arab-Israeli Conflict in Middle Eastern Literature and Film
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

In addition to the books indicated below that must be purchased, the remaining assigned readings and viewings/films for the course will be accessed through the course Canvas Site.
ISBN: 0894108573
Men in the sun and other Palestinian stories, Author: Ghassan Kanafani ; translated from Arabic by Hilary Kilpatrick., Publisher: Lynne Rienner 1998
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0156539128
The lover, Author: by A.B. Yehoshua ; translated from the Hebrew by Philip Simpson., Publisher: Harcourt Brace 1st Harves 1993
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 1566564158
The secret life of Saeed : the Pessoptimist, Author: by Emile Habiby ; translated by Salma Khadra Jayyusi and Trevor LeGassick., Publisher: Interlink Books 2002
ISBN: 1566563364
Wild thorns, Author: Sahar Khalifeh ; translated by Trevor LeGassick and Elizabeth Fernea., Publisher: Interlink Books [1st Ameri 2000
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