Jewish Studies | Modern Hebrew Literature in English
L380 | ALL | Katz, S.

JSTU-L 380 Modern Hebrew Literature in English (3 cr.) S. Katz -
intensive writing course Graduate students register under JSTU-N 587
(3 cr.)

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The course is intended to acquaint students with the chief issues,
forms and writers of modern Hebrew literature active in the first
half of the twentieth century. The course carries foreign language
culture option credit and does not require or assume any previous
acquaintance with Hebrew or Hebrew literature. The course is an
Intensive Writing class.

Readings will consist primarily of representative short stories and
a novel, all in English translation. Some selections of poetry, when
assigned, will be read in class. The primary purpose of the readings
will be to introduce students to the culture of the shtetl, the
small east European Jewish hamlet. We will be exploring the way in
which literature responds and reflects major historical events in
the Jewish experience of the early twentieth century. In that regard,
we shall explore the many forces prompting the protagonists'
rebellion against that way of life with its insular piety. Yet,
having abandoned the ways and values of the shtetl, the youth of
those days are depicted as being left with the burden of seeking out
new roots and finding a meaning for their lives.
Under the phenomenon of this large cultural transformation, as we
shall see, Hebrew literature had to contend with and give expression
to the most central events and themes of modern times affecting
Jewish life: the loss of innocence and tradition in a modern,
secular, world; nationalism; the Holocaust; the rebirth of Israel;
wars, peace and the individual; the image of the new Israeli.
For those taking the course to satisfy the Intensive Writing
requirement, grades will be based on a minimum of four writing
assignments to be done outside of class as well as at least one in
class which may serve as the final. For others, the final grade will
be based on a midterm and a final exam, as well as a critical essay
addressing a work of non-fiction that will be selected for
all. An optional paper will be made available to those wishing to do
extra-credit work.

Fulfills: Jewish Studies Language & Literature (old) or Literature &
the Arts (new), History &
Society; A&H; Culture Studies - List A; Intensive writing