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. Along the way, we will gain additional insights from theoreticians who have explored the meanings of space as a place, as a condition, and as a practice. All readings are in
English translation.

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