This one-credit Honors seminar will explore the linguistic, religious, and socio-political diversity of the region known as the Mediterranean primarily through novels and films from the 1940s to present. We often think of North Africa, Europe, and the Middle East as culturally and politically distinct regions of the world. Yet, they are geographically connected by the Mediterranean sea and historically connected by decades of travel, commerce, intellectual dialogue, colonial rule, war, and exile. Throughout the semester, we will study individual voices, stories, and experiences that have crossed national and regional borders. In doing so, we will strive to achieve a more nuanced understanding of the current political impasses of the Mediterranean.
*This course is being offered at the Downtown Phoenix Campus.