Jewish Studies | The Kibbutz in Fact and Fiction
C340 | 25085 | S. Katz
JSTU-C340 the Kibbutz in Fact and Fiction (3 cr.)
TR 1:00-2:15 , S. Katz
(class # 25085)
The kibbutz, Israel’s communal socio-economic system, has undergone
many changes since its initial formation almost a century ago.
Although it always remained a small community in Israel, its
becoming an object of idealization and pride in Israeli society and
culture has exceeded its actual size.
In this course we will read of the history and ideological
foundations of this communal society to learn why it came to be and
what ideals it attempted to realize—among them the elimination of
hatred, strife, social class and inequality among its members and
between men and women. Supplementing our readings will be video
representations of life on the kibbutz and, whenever possible, guest
speakers who have lived on a kibbutz.
In probing the cultural impact of the kibbutz on Israeli society, we
will read a series of literary works—primarily short stories and
novels—whose action takes place with the kibbutz as background.
They will trace for us the evolving attitudes to the kibbutz in
Israel. Our interest will focus on whether the kibbutz has been able
to realize itself as a utopia, or is it a dystopia. Graduate
students will write a research paper in addition to performing all
other course requirements.
Graduate students should register for the course under NELC-N 695
Fulfills: Jewish Studies Language and Literature course or History
and Society course; A&H; Culture Studies-List A.