JWST259 - INTRO MODERN HEBREW LIT: ISRAELI SHORT STORY

This course is designed as a first course in Hebrew and Israeli literatures in their original forms: no re-written or reworked texts will be presented. It aims to introduce major literary works, genres and figures. Texts and discussions will be in Hebrew. Depending on the semester's focus, fiction, poetry or other forms of expression will be discussed. Personal, social, and political issues that find expression in the culture will also be examined. This course is meant to provide methods for literary interpretation through close reading of these texts, and thus falls under the umbrella of the College's "Literatures of the World" course. Past topics include: "Poem, Song, Nation;" "Israeli Drama," "The Israeli Short Story;" "Postmodernist Israeli Writing;" and "Literature and Identity in Israel." Fall 2013 topic: INTRODUCTION TO MODERN HEBREW LITERATURE: ISRAELI SHORT STORY This course concentrates on contemporary Israeli short stories, post-modernist as well as traditional, written by male and female authors. The diction is simple, often colloquial, but the stories reflect an exciting inner world and a stormy outer reality. For Hebrew writers, the short story has been a favorite genre since the Renaissance of Hebrew literature in the 19th century until now, when Hebrew literature is vibrant in a country where Hebrew is spoken. The lion share of the course focuses on authors who emerged in the last 25 years like Orly Kastel-Bloom, Alex Epstein, Almog Bahar. Student level and literary taste will influence the choice of works. Class conducted in Hebrew. Texts read in the original language. There will be 3-4 short papers and a final exam.
Section 401 - SEM

TR 0300PM-0430PM

GOLD, NILI RACHEL SCHARF

WILLIAMS HALL 301

Jewish Studies Program
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