Politics and Society in the Arabic Novel and Film

This course examines how Arab writers and filmmakers represent social and political issues such as the aftermath of colonization, labor migration, civil war, authoritarianism, and women's rights. It covers novels and film from Egypt, the Sudan, Lebanon, Palestine, Libya, Algeria, Syria, and Iraq, on the Syrian civil war, the Arab Spring, the Lebanese Civil War, the Palestinian struggle, Islamic fundamentalism, and Ba'athist Iraq. The course will also address the role of Arabic literature and film as social and political critique. All readings and films are in English translation.
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