ARA 360K • CONFLICT AND FANTASY IN CONTEMPORARY ARABIC LITERATURE AND MEDIA
4:00 PM-5:30 PM
In this course we will explore representations of conflict in contemporary Arabic literature, media, and film. Students and I will examine the ways in which wars, occupations, invasions, and ideological struggles shape and transform social relations, family dynamics, cultural development, and urban landscapes. We will address literary and visual representations of European colonialism, the Arab-Israeli conflict, the Lebanese civil war, and the war in Iraq, to name a few. We will examine works by such authors, bloggers, and filmmakers as Saud Al-Amiry, Ammiel Alcalay, Jacqueline Rose, Edward Said, Etel Adnam, Assia Djebar, Hany Mazen Kerbaj.
Class Participation 20%, 2 Reaction Papers 40%, Final Paper 40%