MIDEAST 433 - Gender and Representation in the Modern Middle East
Fall 2020, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  Online (see other Sections below)
Subject: Middle East Studies (MIDEAST)
Department: LSA Middle East Studies
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With permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course examines the many different ways that gender and female and male subjectivities and sexualities “of” the Middle East are constructed, represented and deployed in a variety of primarily Middle Eastern (and a short introductory section on Western) literary and cultural forms, including cookbook memoirs, short stories, novels, and musical performance, as well as in visual cultural forms including film, photography and painting.

Within a framework of gender as an analytical lens, not in isolation from but rather integrated with other multiple constitutive and contextual factors, we will explore topics such as gendered and sexualized aspects of representations of the colonizer-colonized relationship, constructions of masculinity and ‘manliness’ in nationalist discourses as well as its deployment of the feminine and ‘motherhood,’ challenges to and subversions of traditionally inscribed gender roles, and more. The focus will be primarily on the Arab Middle East.

Course Requirements:

Grades are based on active engagement with assigned course materials (readings and films) as reflected in informed participation in class discussion, regular Discussion Post submissions, a mid-term paper of roughly 7 pages, a final paper of roughly 10 pages, and 1-2 in-class presentations.

Intended Audience:

All students with an interest in the topic, including those with no previous background as well as those who have some background and/or are majors in Middle East Studies or other related areas seeking to broaden and deepen their knowledge of the subject.

Class Format:

Two 90-minute meetings weekly; seminar-format discussion based on reading/viewing of assigned materials, working as a full group and in pairs and small groups.

As a DC (Distance due to COVID) course, all aspects of this course will be fully compatible with remote online learning. However, students will need to be available for virtual class meetings at their scheduled time.


MIDEAST 433 - Gender and Representation in the Modern Middle East
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM

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