This course follows and analyzes the transformations in Israeli literature and cinema. The lens through which we study this canon changes each semester. These "lenses" include: "Childhood," "Holocaust," "Cities," "Madness," and others. Israeli works constitute much of the course's material, but European and American film and fiction play comparative roles. For a description of the current theme, please see the websites of Cinema and Media Studies, Jewish Studies, NELC, COML, or ENGL. This course will follow and analyze the transformation of Israeli literature and cinema from instruments of suppression into a means of processing this national trauma. While Israeli works constitute much of the course's material, European and American film and fiction play comparative roles.
Section 401 - LEC
FALL 2018 MODERN HEBREW LITERATURE AND CULTURE IN TRANSLATION: AUTOBIOGRAPHY Modern Hebrew literature, an offspring of Zionism, has long rejected writing about one’s personal life as embarrassing narcissism. Now, however, many well-known Israeli artists have reached the stage where they want to tell their true stories, and the younger generation has grown up during an individualistic period where it is acceptable to talk openly about trauma (as on talk shows and social media). The genres examined in this course are fluid: autobiographies, memoirs, poetry, fiction and films that have elements of the artist’s life story. Literary works are read in translation. Authors include: Yehuda Amichai, Aharon Appelfeld, Haim Be’er, Amir Guttfreund, Amos Oz, Dahlia Ravikovitch, and S.Y. Agnon. Filmmakers include: Eli Cohen, Ari Folman, Marjane Satrapi, Dror Shaul, and Shemi Zarhin. The content of the course changes from year to year, and therefore, students may take it for credit more than once. Fulfills Arts & Letters; Cross Cultural Analysis. (NELC 159, COML 282, CIMS 159, ENGL 079)
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