JWST259 - INTRO MODERN HEBREW LIT

Fall 2016: We will discuss literary works that reflect Israelis' struggle with their national identity. For the patriotic 1948 generation, self and country were one and the same while contemporary writers ask what it means to be Israeli. Yehuda Amichai's 1955 poem "I want to die in my bed" was a manifesto for individualism, yet the seemingly interminable Arab-Israeli conflict forced writers to return to the national, social, and political arenas starting in the 1980s, although in entirely different ways. Readings include works by the contemporary Orly Kastel Bloom, Etgar Keret and Sayed Kashua as well as by the early writers Natan Alterman, Amir Gilboa, Dahlia Ravikovitch, A.B. Yehoshua, and David Grossman. The class is conducted in Hebrew and all texts are read in the original. Seminar. Fulfills Arts & Letters. (HEBR 259, HEBR 559, COML 266, COLL 227)
Section 401 - SEM

TR 1030AM-1200PM

GOLD, NILI

WILLIAMS HALL 219

Jewish Studies Program
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