Near Eastern Languages and Cultures | Recent Hebrew Literature in English
N588 | 3470 | Katz

"Star Wars" or a kibbutz? Ulysses (Odysseus) on the streets of
Jerusalem?  How many words is one
allotted per lifetime?  These and other issues, and their
significance for contemporary readers, will be
addressed by the readings planned for this course.  Also, we will be
confronting such seeming paradoxes
as captive captors, Judaism vs. Zionism, valleys towering above
mountain peaks, life in death and death
in life.  The aim of this course, offered in English without
prerequisites, is to familiarize students with the
images, issues and trends in the culture of modern Israel.  Prior
familiarity with the subject is not required.
Rather, we will be reading assignments systematically in order to
acquire a familiarity with Hebrew literature
and its role as mirror of a society in flux. The course will include
readings from translations of the best
works in recent Hebrew literature.  These readings - mostly short
stories, a few poems, a novel and one
non-fiction study - will be grouped around themes intended to
familiarize the reader with some of the chief
features of Israeli life and culture. Among the topics are the
tension between individual wants, dreams, plans
and the demands of parents, society and state; "the rise and fall of
first impressions" regarding kibbutz life;
images of the Israeli and Arab; the Israeli as soldier, as citizen
and as Holocaust survivor.  Readings will
be from required texts and library holdings.  Our focus will be on
the fictional writings of Amos OZ, one
of Israel's most talented and exciting writers. We will be reading
his tales with an eye to his vision of the
individual and society.

No prerequisites