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Romeo and Juliet in Palestine: Teaching Under Occupation

Romeo and Juliet in Palestine Teaching Under Occupation For five months at the start of Tom Sperlinger taught English literature at the Abu Dis campus of Al Quds University in the Occupied West Bank In this account of the semester Sperlinger explore

  • Title: Romeo and Juliet in Palestine: Teaching Under Occupation
  • Author: Tom Sperlinger
  • ISBN: 9781782796374
  • Page: 155
  • Format: Paperback
  • For five months at the start of 2013, Tom Sperlinger taught English literature at the Abu Dis campus of Al Quds University in the Occupied West Bank In this account of the semester, Sperlinger explores his students encounters with works from Hamlet and The Yellow Wallpaper to Kafka and Malcolm X By placing stories from the classroom alongside anecdotes about life inFor five months at the start of 2013, Tom Sperlinger taught English literature at the Abu Dis campus of Al Quds University in the Occupied West Bank In this account of the semester, Sperlinger explores his students encounters with works from Hamlet and The Yellow Wallpaper to Kafka and Malcolm X By placing stories from the classroom alongside anecdotes about life in the West Bank, Sperlinger shows how his own ideas about literature and teaching changed during his time in Palestine, and asks what such encounters might reveal about the nature of pedagogy and the role of a university under occupation.

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    1 thought on “Romeo and Juliet in Palestine: Teaching Under Occupation

    1. This is a beautifully written account of a Western English Professor teaching at an underfunded university in the West Bank. It's an enlightening view of the long-standing conflict (not least because the author has family and friends in Israel), but it's more than a travel story. The characters of the students are well detailed and their determination to learn is heartbreaking. Sperlinger's love for his subject of English Literature shines through, as well, so in the end, the book is a justifica [...]

    2. This is a extremely personal book about one man's experiences as a teacher in a West Bank university.Sperlinger focus a lot on his students, highlighting the difference between them and Western ones. But also their similarities. The political situation of the region serves mostly as a backdrop, appearing as justifications from the students as why they couldn't deliver an assignment on time, or when they (students and teacher) travel from different places in the region.Tom is enticed by the West [...]

    3. I'm writing a longer review for Electronic Intifada so I won't say much here. It's an interesting read for teachers, especially those interested in Palestine. I'm not quite sure it would work the other way around. I also feel like it's too much of a snapshot--there is not enough depth and he clearly--by his own admission--doesn't have a clear enough sense of the institution he's teaching at let alone the historical context in Palestine.

    4. A fascinating insight into the current situation of the Palestinians. I loved the concept, the honesty and the interweaving of personal lives with the teaching of literature. At times brutal, at others humorous, always intriguing. Yes. I loved it!

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