Jewish Studies | Recent Hebrew Literature in English
L385 | 25549 | S. Katz


No prerequisites

The course will introduce you to the variety of forces affecting
issues, topics, and forms of Hebrew literature composed in the last
50 years. Read about the fascination with minorities; find out about
the dilemmas of choice made out of personal or group expectations;
follow stories of rites of personal and national passage. Read about
the “Death of the Little God” and how one can choose a career as bus
driver or as God.

The course will bring before you the greatest and most talented
writers of the last decades. We will read works by S.Y. Agnon,
Shulamit Hareven, Ruth Almog, Yehuda Amichai, A.B. Yehoshua and Amos
Oz, to name but the chief writers. We will be reading short stories,
novels, and some poetry.

Grades will be determined on the basis of attendance, quizzes, a
midterm, a final exam, and an assigned composition. No prior
knowledge of Hebrew is required for this course. Students who are
proficient in literary Hebrew should sign up under JSTU-H485.
Graduate students will be required to write a research paper on a
subject approved by the instructor.

Fulfills: Jewish Studies Language & Literature course; A&H; Culture
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