Daniel Mann Literary Luminary Event

June 02, 2019, 10:00 am
Congregation Beth El
8215 Old Georgetown Rd
Bethesda, MD

Professor Meital Orr of Georgetown University will speak on “The ‘Other’ in Israeli-Arab Literature.” The lecture is co-sponsored by the Am Yisrael Chai Committee, Sisterhood, Men’s Club, and the Library Committee.

This talk will probe views of the Jewish “other” in the literature of Arabs, both Palestinian and Israeli. From the inception of the state of Israel until today, the Arabs in these regions have struggled with Jewish presence, and the political battle has become internalized both psychologically and artistically in their literature. The depictions of the Jew have been both overt and covert, and as diverse as their writers. They range from “ally” to “foe”, “lover” to “occupier”, and “outsider” to “other”, with all their attendant myriad of complexities. We will ask (and answer) questions such as: What have been the major thematic depictions of the Jew in Arab literature? How have the depictions changed over time, and which authors initiated the changes? What are some contemporary depictions today, and what prognosis might we venture about future directions? Among the many authors we will cover are Emile Habiby, Ghassan Kanafani, Mahmoud Darwish, Tawfiq Fayyad, Salah Ta’mari, Samir El-Youssef, Rula Jebreal, and Sayed Kashua.