Course meets during the last seven weeks only, First Class: March 25; Last Class: May 6.
In this reading and writing course, students will be asked to help the instructor to formulate and answer some key questions that are embedded in the journalistic coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian situation and in the permanent quest for a "solution". The course will involve a three tiered and intertwined process: setting foundations for the understanding of the Israeli/Palestinian situation; problematizing the definitions used to describe Israelis and Palestinians, and developing students’ interviewing/writing skills. We will read Palestinian and Israeli prose to elucidate our questions. Students will use this literature as the starting point for practicing the craft of interviewing. They will then conduct independent interviews in the NYC area, using them to develop a final essay. Works of the following authors will be read: Jabra Ibrahim Jabra, Amos Oz, Edward Said, Ghassan Kanafani, Sahar Khalifa, Adaniya Shibli, Emil Habbibi, Ronit Matalon, Orli Castel Bloom, Anton Shammas, Rashid Khalidi, Benny Morris, Hanna Levy Hass, and Amira Hass.