This course surveys the status of Jerusalem in both old and modern literature focusing on the Crusaders’ era as well as the period prior to and post the 1948 disaster in Palestine, in addition to relating this to the conflict on Jerusalem. This course further illustrates cultural, religious and historical aspects and their connectedness with the issues of identity and the collective memory. All this is carried out through studying selected prose and poetry texts, pinpointing their artistic as well as topic-related features; shedding light on the works of a literary figure whose creativity was centered on and around Jerusalem.