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Spring 2021 Middle East UN3930 section 001
Iraq: War, Love, and Exile
Iraq: War, Love and, Exil

Call Number 16903
Day & Time
W 2:10pm-4:00pm
Points 3
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Muhsin Al-Musawi
Method of Instruction On-Line Only
Course Description This course studies and  explores a  number of Iraqi narratives that have appeared since 2003 and that have a distinctive stylistic and thematic richness with great bearing on social, economic, cultural, and political life in Iraq. Seen against a history of the country and the region, and in conversation with some Afro-Asian and Latin American narratives of war and displacement, these writings assume  global  significance in our reading of  such thematic issues  like war, love, exile, and loss. While always using the past as a background, a source and repository of recollections, the challenge of the 2003 Anglo-America invasion and its institutionalization of segregation and   rupture to keep Iraq in perpetual chaos, is present in the texts. Every narrative sheds light on a number of issues, especially war, horror, loss, trauma, passion and dislocation. This richness in detail is brought up through a number of stylistic innovations that put this writing at the forefront of world cultures and human concerns. An introductory lecture builds up a genealogy for trauma since the Epic of Gilgamesh (2700 BC.) and the lamentations of Astarte. 
Web Site Vergil
Department Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies
Enrollment 25 students (20 max) as of 9:00PM Wednesday, December 1, 2021
Status Full
Subject Middle East
Number UN3930
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Campus Morningside
Section key 20211MDES3930W001

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