Theater has always been perceived as a way to link different cultures together and bring them under one large domain. Regardless, the genre does not give the needed attention to works written in certain regions that may otherwise fall outside the consensus. One good example is Palestine and any works that deal with it as a setting. The first thing that comes to mind whenever the word “Palestine” is brought up is almost always of a political nature, having to do with the Palestinians’ national conflict with Israel. This thesis undertakes to amend this by probing into plays written by authors of both Arab and non-Arab descent so as to trace and examine how Palestine, along with its thematics, exists as a topic of interest to the world. The aforementioned tendency of politicizing Palestine has in turn led to a severe lack of accurate portrayal of Palestine and its people in Drama. As such, studying Caryl Churchill’s Seven Jewish Children (2009), Motti Lerner’s The Admission (2006), Ismail Khalidi’s Tennis in Nablus (2010), and Hannah Khalil’s Scenes From 70* Years (2018) shall serve as a means of filling some of the analytical gaps in the study of Palestine in modern theater.


School of Humanities and Social Sciences


English & Comparative Literature Department

Degree Name

MA in English & Comparative Literature

Graduation Date

Spring 6-15-2023

Submission Date


First Advisor

Steven Salaita

Committee Member 1

Tahia Abdel Nasser

Committee Member 2

Sonia Farid


77 p.

Document Type

Master's Thesis

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