Lital Levy

  • Intimate Geographies: Space and Place in Modern Hebrew and Arabic Literature

    What are the meanings of space and place for people in a region where geography is overwhelmingly politicized? This course will explore the fictional and autobiographical poetics of social space as expressed in literature and film from Israel and the Arab world. Although these works focus on dramas of love and loss, friendship and the family, we will also see how political conditions influence personal and collective experiences of space.

  • Introduction to Jewish Cultures

    This introductory course focuses on the cultural syncretism and the global diversity of Jewish experience. It provides a comparative understanding of Jewish culture from antiquity to the present, examining how Jewish culture has emerged through the interaction of Jews and non-Jews, engaging a wide spectrum of cultures throughout the Jewish world, and following representations of key issues such as sexuality or the existence of God in different eras.

  • Introduction to Jewish Cultures

    This introductory course focuses on the cultural syncretism and the global diversity of Jewish experience. It provides a comparative understanding of Jewish culture from antiquity to the present, examining how Jewish culture has emerged through the interaction of Jews and non-Jews, engaging a wide spectrum of cultures throughout the Jewish world, and following representations of key issues such as sexuality or the existence of God in different eras.

  • Intimate Geographies: Space and Place in Modern Hebrew and Arabic Literature

    What are the meanings of space and place for people in a region where geography is overwhelmingly politicized? This course will explore the fictional and autobiographical poetics of social space as expressed in literature and film from Israel and the Arab world. Although these works focus on dramas of love and loss, friendship and the family, we will also see how political conditions influence personal and collective experiences of space.

  • Introduction to World Literature: Leaving Home Throughout the Ages

    Why does the act of leaving home generate literary masterpieces around the globe? What are the painful and productive aspects of displacement? This course takes a cross-cultural and cross-temporal approach to questions of exile and migration, following their depiction across centuries and continents in famous novels, stories, poems, and essays from East and West. We will read classic works alongside contemporary novels, and narratives of homecoming alongside narratives of no return, looking closely at the concepts of home, identity, language, and memory.

  • Politics and Society in the Arabic Novel and Film

    This course examines how Arabic fiction and film has addressed major social and political issues such as the aftermath of colonialism, labor migration, war, social repression, women's rights, and dictatorship. The course covers novels from Egypt, the Sudan, Lebanon, Palestine, Morocco, and Iraq. Topics covered include the Lebanese Civil War, the Palestinian struggle, Islamic fundamentalism, Iraq under the Baathist regime, and the Arab Spring. The course will also look more broadly at experiences of the postcolonial world as reflected in modern Arabic writing.

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