Short Course Description
This seminar grows out of the experience of reading the fundamental texts of the conflict from a double perspective of both teachers and students. Such a reading moves between Hebrew and Arabic, while holding the discussion in English serves as neutral ground for a discussion that is never easy.
We will focus on the reading and interpretative experience of key Palestinian and Hebrew/Jewish texts from the beginning of the 20th century. Through these texts we will explore the way Palestinians and Jews perceived and depicted their contemporary social and political realities. The seminar will give special attention to the practice and habit of interpretation of these texts. In other words, we wish to understand the ways Palestinian and Jewish-Israeli readers, literary critics and researchers, do not understand each other, how and why? Ultimately, we would like to seek a new interpretation through this double vision of story and history in Palestine/Israel.