JWST154 - MOD HEB LIT & CULT TRANS

This course examines cinematic and literary portrayals of childhood. While Israeli works constitute more than half of the course's material, European film and fiction play comparative roles. Many of the works are placed, and therefore discussed, against a backdrop of national, collective or historical conflicts. Nonetheless, private traumas (such as madness, abuse or loss) or an adult's longing for an idealized time are often the central foci of stories. These personal issues and the nature of individual memory will be discussed from a psychological point of view. Additionally, the course analyzes how film, poetry and prose use their respective languages to reconstruct the image of childhood; it discusses the authors' and directors' struggle to penetrate the psyche of a child and to retrieve fragments of past events, both personal and historical.
Section 401 - LEC

TR 0130PM-0300PM

GOLD, NILI

EDUCATION BUILDING 203

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