Near Eastern Languages and Cultures | Hebrew Poetry: Nation, Culture, History
N695 | 26550 | Segal


Modern Zionism, like many nationalist movements, looked to tradition
for organizing principles of national identity. But Zionist thought
also in part rejected tradition and relied on the creation of a
newly formed culture to help define a new Jewish nationality. This
course takes as its subject one facet of this invented Hebrew and
Israeli cultureŚmodern Hebrew poetry from the late 19th century to
the late 20th centuryŚand the aesthetic, linguistic and political
features of this corpus.

The use of poetic forms, the role of literary movements and, most
importantly, the poems themselves, will be of central concern, as
will the interactions between poetry and the political movements and
ideologies it supported, formed, opposed.

To that end, the course will be organized around close readings of
poems by:
Gordon, Bialik, Tchernichovsky, Ben-Yitschak, Fogel, Shlonsky,
Greenberg, Rahel, Temkin, Alterman, Guri, Gilboa, Amichai, Zach,
Rabikovitch, Atar, Zelda, Wallach and Bejerano, among others; and
accompanied by selections of criticism and theoretical readings on
nationalism.