This course focuses on the artistic ways in which the city is represented in Israeli writings and the meanings it carries. The emotional and physical connection between the writer and his/her hometown is transformed in the literary work. The depictions of the city in short stories and poems reflect the inner world as well as political conflicts. At the same time, the "city" may become a locus for national expression, the search for gender identification, or aesthetic enchantment. We will see how, through the Carmel Mountain and the Haifa Bay, Yehudit Katzir expresses the complex mother-daughter bond; how Tel Aviv's streets enable Dahlia Ravikovitch and Meir Wieseltier to examine quesions of loyalty and social justice; how the Jerusalems of A.B. Yehoshua and Yehuda Amichai reflect their loves and hatreds. The class is conducted in Hebrew and the texts are read in the original. The content of this course changes from year to year and therefore students may take it for credit more than once. 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 1030AM-1200PM



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