Postgraduate Module Descriptor

ARAM234: Culture and Conflict: Literature and Film from Israel/Palestine

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits15 ECTS Value
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (12 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Christina Phillips (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


This module explores modern Palestinian and Israeli literature and film in dialogue with the history and politics of Israel/Palestine. War, violence, trauma, settlement, exile, migration, nation-building, identity-construction and other aspects of modern Israeli and Palestinian experience are reflected, explored and problematised in the cultural production of Israeli and Palestinian writers, poets and film-makers. In this module you will analyse key works (films, novels, stories, poems) as responses to, and interventions into, the Arab-Israeli conflict and political and cultural milieu of Israel/Palestine. In so doing you will explore a broad range of themes and intersections relating to space, gender, memory, resistance, nationalism, diaspora, environment and ecology, psychoanalysis, and the colonial/postcolonial.

The module is aimed at students seeking to broaden their understanding of Israel/Palestine through cultural and literary perspectives. It is equally aimed at students of literature and film interested in relations between culture, politics and resistance, and in postcolonial and world literature. Texts are studied in translation. No prior knowledge of Arabic or Hebrew is required.

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