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Tom Sperlinger

Romeo and Juliet in Palestine

Festival of Ideas/
Mon 22 June 2015

Tom Sperlinger

Romeo and Juliet in Palestine

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Mon 22 June 2015,

Is Romeo and Juliet really a love story, or is it a play about young people living in dangerous circumstances? How might life under occupation produce a new reading of Julius Caesar? What choices must a group of Palestinian students make, when putting on a play which has Jewish protagonists? And why might a young Palestinian student refuse to read?

In 2013, Tom Sperlinger taught English literature at the Abu Dis campus of Al-Quds University in the Occupied West Bank. In his new book, Romeo and Juliet in Palestine: Teaching Under Occupation, 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 talesĀ 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 teaching and the role of a university under occupation.

‘A book of vivid first-hand experience about the daily lives, suffering and courage of Palestinians living in the West Bank. Read it, imagine it and pass it around.’ – John Berger

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