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Naomi B. Sokoloff
C LIT 323
Seattle Campus

Studies in the Literature of Emerging Nations

Novels and short stories, from Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia. Discusses relationship of Western literary genres to an oral literary tradition, as well as issues like colonialism, gender relations, narrative technique, native and non-native languages.

Class description

Literature of Emerging Nations: Israel/Palestine

5 credits

Instructors: Prof. Naomi Sokoloff and T.A. Amal Eqeiq

This course examines the role that literature has played in the shaping of Israeli identity and of Palestinian identity. Materials covered include selections of fiction, poetry, essays, film and popular music, all of which provide students an opportunity to consider Palestinian culture and Israeli culture in light of the concept of “emerging national literatures.” The course is team taught by instructors with expertise in Hebrew studies and in Arabic studies.

This is a W course.

Student learning goals

Students will acquire knowledge of Israeli and of Palestinian culture and identity, through texts produced in Hebrew and Arabic. All readings will be in English translation.

Students will discuss the following topics: memory and collective experience; contested nationalisms; diaspora and homeland as themes and as centers of literary activity; canon formation; relations between highbrow, middlebrow, and popular culture; colonialism/anti-colonialism/post-colonialism; cultures in contact and bilingualism; gender and national literatures.

The course is designed to strengthen writing skills and students will have opportunities to provide peer review and to revise and rewrite their assignments.

General method of instruction

2 lectures (one hour each) and 2 quiz sections (one hour each) per week.

Both instructors will present lectures and both instructors will lead discussion in quiz sections.

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites

Class assignments and grading

Reading, writing assignments, and several quizzes.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Naomi B. Sokoloff
Date: 10/12/2012