Comparative book paper on Sabriya and Houses Under the Trees.
First, write a plot summary of each novel, identifying the key characters. This should be less than a page for each book.
Then , cover these topics for each book, giving specific examples from the novels:
1)Significance of the historical context to the novel. ( Sabriya is set during the Syrian revolt against the French in 1925-27. Houses is set in Egypt during the l967 war with Israel. You might read up on both of these topics in Goldschmidt to understand the background).
2)Gender issues:, e.g. relationships between men and women, men and men, and women and women, expectations of each, marriage, role in family
3) Role of religion
4)Socio-economic factors: class, occupations, urban or rural setting, lifestyle, etc.
5) What are the advantages and disadvantages of using historical fiction to study the Middle East? Explain why.