Near Eastern Languages and Cultures | Middle East History through Literature and Film
N303 | 28453 | Prof. Kevin Martin


This course is designed to engage with major events and issues in
the history of the Middle East through the reading of fiction and
the viewing of films produced in or about the region. The course
meets twice weekly. One meeting will be dedicated to screening
films. The second meeting will be dedicated to a discussion of the
historical issues raised in that week’s film(s) and assigned
readings. The latter will consist of a novel or collection of short
stories and portions of a general historical narrative of Middle
East history. Students will be responsible for ALL outside readings
and will be graded on participation in the aforementioned
discussions. While no previous course work or prior knowledge of
Middle East history is mandatory for enrollment in this class,
students will be required to acquire and maintain familiarity with
the relevant historical events and historiographic issues by
completing each week’s assigned readings in a general history text.