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UGRD > ENGL > 488

Literatures of the Middle East

With its diversity of cultures and ethnicities, interwoven political histories, and multiplicity of faiths across twenty nations, the Middle East demands a nuanced examination of its literary productions. The course engages a selection of literary and cinematic texts from several nations, including Egypt, Iran, Israel, Lebanon, Morocco, and Palestine. Authors and filmmakers studied hold varying faiths (Christianity, Islam, and Judaism) and political opinions. Themes treated include identity, nationalism, religiosity, gender, feminisms, memory, conflict, and home. Because many course texts will be studied in translation, the course also considers what it means to learn about places and peoples through translations.

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