JWST359 - SEM MODERN HEBREW LIT

Spring 2017: Giants of Hebrew Literature - This course focuses on the central pillars of the Modern Hebrew literary canon and their impact on Israeli literature. Drawing from the ancient wells of Bible, Talmud, and Midrash, the poets H. N. Bialik (1873-1934), Saul Tchernichovsky (1875-1943), and the author S. Y. Agnon (1887-1970) provided future writers with the tools to express modern and post-modern sensibilities. They forged a new diction for passion and love and for representing the inner world, psychological insight and political assertions. Bialik s personal/political poems echo in Dahlia Ravikovitch s verse, and Tchernichovsky s haunting lines resurface in the recent poems of Natan Zach. Agnon's short stories inspired Amos Oz and Yehuda Amichai. We will compare the classic to the contemporary, and discuss the lasting power of these giants in the context of modern Israel. The class is conducted in Hebrew and the texts are read in the original.
Section 401 - SEM

W 0200PM-0500PM

GOLD, NILI

WILLIAMS HALL 705

Jewish Studies Program
711 Williams Hall, 255 S. 36th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305
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