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. All readings are in English translation.