GLS 592: Cultural Images of the Middle East in Contemporary Film
Instructor: Barbara Michael
This course will be a visual journey through the Middle East. Through viewing films produced by Middle East filmmakers the cultures and the issues will be viewed from the inside. The goal is to learn about Middle Eastern cultures through film, although we will also be reading scholarly analyses of the topics. Another goal of the course is to learn to see and recognize cultural information, even in feature films made for entertainment.
Some of the topics we will explore include Islam, life problems, gender, marriage and divorce, family, and political issues such as political oppression, being a refugee and terrorism.
Students will take turns presenting a reading relevant to the week’s topic. They will also write response papers (2-3 pages) to the films viewed and the readings. There will be two take-home exams which will be analytical papers based on films and reading, with topics chosen from a list of questions.
The textbook is: Halim Barakat – The Arab World. It has been ordered from the bookstore, but it is recommended that used copies be purchased on Amazon. There will also be readings, made available via electronic resources.
Last Update: November 24, 2008