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Kamran Scot Aghaie, Chair CAL 528 | 204 W 21st St F9400 | Austin, TX 78712-1029 • 512-471-3881

Spring 2010


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
42230 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
PAR 301

Course Description

This upper-division undergraduate course will examine literary and cinematic representations of elements of the Israel/Palestine conflict by the most important Israeli, Palestinian, and "Arab Israeli" writers and filmmakers. In a discussion-intensive course, students will be exposed to diverse perspectives of the conflict. Some of the central questions we will investigate are: What effect can literature and film have on the conflict? Conversely, what effect has the conflict had on literature and film? Do authors and filmmakers on any side of the conflict have a moral obligation to represent it, or to represent it in a particular way? What is the author or artist's role in places at war? No knowledge of Hebrew or Arabic is necessary.

Grading Policy

Quiz 10% Active Participation 20% Essay Exam 1 20% Essay Exam 2 20% Final Essay Exam 30%


Ghassan Kanafani, from Men In the Sun Mahmoud Darwish, from Unfortunately, It Was Paradise Anton Shammas, Arabesques. Additional information on textbooks will be provided by the instructor.


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