Jewish Studies | Israeli Film and Fiction
C360 | ALL | Katz, S.


JSTU-C 360 Israeli Film and Fiction (3 cr.) Stephen Katz
TR 4:00-5:15 p.m. #27879; Ballantine 319
Meets with NELC-N 695

(15 seats have been reserved for Jewish Studies students in #27880.
Email:clipsonw@indiana.edu to reserve a seat.)

A sampling of Israeli novels and stories whose texts were made into
film. Subjects covered pertain to the representation of Israeli
culture, values, and experience, including individualism and
collective, war and peace, the self and the nation. Readings,
assignments, and discussion in English.

What are the loves and adventures of a man after he commits suicide?
How does a former boyfriend treat the son of his (former)
girlfriend? What are the consequences of a stable marriage? These
and other issues are covered by our reading of Israeli works
of fiction and viewing of films made of these works. In this course
we will be examining the differing representation human experiences
in two forms of art, prose fiction and film. Our specific scope will
be limited to Israeli fiction as it is “translated” into film. Both
media will be considered as they work in tandem in representing
aspects of Israeli culture, values and history. We will be
reading in English translation works of fiction--mostly novels--by
some of Israel’s leading writers and then consider how these same
works are represented through the medium of films. In all instances
attention will be given to the artistic accomplishments in each
medium and also to the variety of cultural details each presents--
since both the written works and films are products of the same
culture. Readings will include critiques of the written and filmed
pieces and broader studies in the realm of the place of literature
and film in Israeli society.

Students will be required to take periodic quizzes, a midterm exam
and final. In addition, they will read and view a film that is not
covered in class and write a paper critiquing both as a required
class project.

Fulfills: For JS major or certificate students matriculating BEFORE
summer 2009 - Language & Literature or History & Society course; for
JS major or certificate students matriculating BEGINNING summer
2009 - Literature & the Arts; A&H; Culture Studies- List-A. If not
used for Jewish Studies major or certificate, may be used as one of
the 300-400 level courses required for minor in Hebrew;

A&H; Culture Studies-List A.