This course introduces students to selections from the best literary works written in Hebrew over the last hundred years in a relaxed seminar environment. The goal of the course is to develop skills in critical reading of literature in general, and to examine how Hebrew authors grapple with crucial questions of human existence and national identity. Topics include: Hebrew classics and their modern "descendents," autobiography in poetry and fiction, the conflict between literary generations, and others. Because the content of this course changes from year to year, students may take it for credit more than once. This course is conducted in Hebrew and all readings are in Hebrew. Grading is based primarily on participation and students' literary understanding.
Section 401 - SEM
Spring 2018: "Many Voices of Israel" This course will listen and respond to Israeli artistic expressions of “others,” such as new immigrants, Arabs, gays, orthodox Jews, women, Holocaust survivors, “settlers,” and those of Middle Eastern descent. Their varied voices only began to be heard toward the end of the 20th century, with the pluralistic climate inspired by Postmodernism. The Zionist super-narrative had dominated Israeli culture at its inception. Authors were predominantly Israeli-born or educated, Ashkenazi (of European descent) men. Now that the lines between “periphery” and “center” have become so blurred, a cacophony of voices and a kaleidoscope of images are available. We will analyze this phenomenon through the different languages of prose and poetry and even film, examining how artists use symbol and metaphor, color and light, close-up and flashback to capture an outsider’s experience. The class is conducted in Hebrew and the texts are read in the original. The content of this course changes from year to year; therefore students may take it for credit more than once.
M 0330PM-0630PM


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