Seminar: Cult B: Palestinian Literature as World Literature

Kevin Potter (University of Vienna)
This course reacts to the ongoing and devastating genocide in Gaza, asking students to consider its connection with a broad history of global, military-imperial forces. Students will reflect on the idea of a "world-system", a concept we inherit from Immanuel Wallerstein, and consider the "combined and uneven development" of state power; and how the patterns of dispossession and neocolonialism that have shaped Palestinian history fit into this historical structure. As such, we will think of Palestinian Literature as world literature, in that it indexes or depicts where and how these forces come into contact.