Near Eastern Languages and Cultures | Contemporary Literature of the Middle East
N212 | 28965 | Balim


This course is intended to introduce students to the contemporary
literatures of the Middle East and help their appreciation of
different cultures, as well as familiarize them with some of the
academic concepts and methods of literary analysis.

Drawing on examples of contemporary literature translated from
Arabic, Hebrew, Persian and Turkish, the course will explore the
major issues which Middle Eastern writers address and sometimes feel
obliged to address.

We will look at texts which deal with the following themes in
particular:

 influence of the West and the colonial experience
 place of the individual in society
 gender relations
 war and peace

Learning Outcomes
At the end of the course students should be able to demonstrate:

 the ability to identify some of the important literary themes and
trends in modern Middle Eastern literatures;
 familiarity with some of the basic approaches of critical theory
to works of literature;
 skills in verbal and written communication; skills in the use of
information sources

Note: This course fulfills Intensive Writing, CSA and A&H
requirements.