Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Survey of Middle East Literature & Film: Unsettling Identities

Survey of Middle East Literature & Film: Unsettling Identities

MONDAYS 3:00-6:00
MES 386 (40775)

Course Description:

In this seminar, we will read literature and watch films from across the Middle East in Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish (in translation). Aimed primarily at students with no training in literary or media studies, the course is intended to introduce key authors and filmmakers working in these languages, and to expose the conventions of identity that they represent or push against in their works. This seminar is primarily a discussion course; periodically, guest professors will lead our discussions of texts that fall within their areas of expertise. The main goals of the course are to help students acquire a familiarity with the cultural production of the Middle East region; to engage with the defining preoccupations that emerge from these representations, and to provide the analytical tools to help students identify connections across boundaries of geography and language. While all the readings and films will be in English translation, students with advanced language knowledge are encouraged to read/view texts in the original.


Meet the Professor

Hina Azam's research interests include Islamic jurisprudence, theology, exegesis, hadith studies; Women/sexuality and Islam; Sexual Violence in Islamic Law. 

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