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Cornell University    
 
    
 
  Nov 21, 2017
 
Courses of Study 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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NES 6560 - Theory and Method in Near Eastern Studies


     
Spring. 4 credits. Letter grades only.

Co-meets with NES 4560 .

K. Haines-Eitzen.

Requirement for NES majors.  Seminar offering advanced Near Eastern Studies students the opportunity to read and discuss the range of theories and methods that have been employed by scholars in the interdisciplinary area of Near Eastern Studies. After giving attention to the historical development of area studies programs–and their current status and relevance–students read a wide range of highly influential works in Near Eastern Studies.    Special attention to the concept of “orientalism” will run throughout the course.   Literary theory, anthropology, historiography, post-colonialism, archaeology, gender theory, and comparative religions are a few of the approaches, methods, and theories we will explore. Authors include Talal Asad, Homi K. Bhabha, Mircea Eliade, Timothy Mitchell, Mary Douglas, Zachary Lockman, Edward Said, J. Z. Smith, and Ian Hodder.



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