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Spring 2014-2015
* COM 388 / JDS 388 / NES 388 (LA)   na, npdf

Intimate Geographies: Space and Place in Modern Hebrew and Arabic Literature

Lital Levy

What are the meanings of space and place for people in a region where geography is overwhelmingly politicized? This course will explore the fictional and autobiographical poetics of social space as expressed in literature and film from Israel and the Arab world. Although these works focus on dramas of love and loss, friendship and the family, we will also see how political conditions influence personal and collective experiences of space. Along the way, we will gain additional insights from theoreticians who have explored the meanings of space as a place, as a condition, and as a practice. All readings are in English translation.

Sample reading list:
Sayyed Kashua, Let It Be Morning
Naguib Mahfouz, Midaq Alley
A.B. Yeshoshua, "Facing the Forests" and the "Last Commander"
Film: Jellyfish
Film: Ali Zaoua
Film: Rana's Wedding
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Writing assignments: two five page papers, one before mid-term break and one after the break; final 8-10 pp paper due on Dean's Day; 1-2 pp response papers every other week. Reading: Novels, short stories, poems, secondary sources, and films.

Requirements/Grading:
Papers - 70%
Other (See Instructor) - 30%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41088 L01 11:00 am - 12:20 pm T Th   Scheide Caldwell House   203   Enrolled:4 Limit:20