This course looks mainly at recent Middle Eastern literature, treating it as we would any poem or novel or memoir, but, obviously, the region that produced this literature - its history, geography, politics, religion and economics - also will be taken into consideration. The class will focus on an area that includes between 13 and 24 countries (depending on one's definition of the Middle East), with an emphasis on Israel/Palestine, Egypt, Sudan, Iran and Turkey. Possible topics include postcolonial theory, Orientalism, women in the Middle East, monotheism and its discontents, and literature focused on place.


4 sh

Course Types

Expression; Literature; Advanced Studies; Advanced Literature; IGS: Middle East Regional Concentration; International Business Regional Area Course; Interreligious Studies Elective

Previous Course Number

ENG 385

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