Near Eastern Languages and Cultures | Israeli Film and Fiction
N695 | 28557 | Katz

This is a course wholly taught in Hebrew, readings and discussions
will be in Hebrew as well.  It is intended for students able to read
unedited versions of modern Hebrew novels and long works of prose
and criticism. It is intended to hone students’ reading, writing,
listening and speaking skills above those acquired in courses in
advanced language and introductory literature courses in Hebrew.
Theoretical and critical literature on the subject of literary and
film criticism may be presented separately as Hebrew works or may
rely on existing works in English.
This is a course that will focus on representations of the human
experience in two forms of art:  prose fiction and film as they work
in tandem in representing aspects of Israeli culture, values and
history.  We will be reading 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.  This exploration
into two diverse mediums of art will be made in order to examine
those cultural components that each can best expose.  In each
instance, the work of fiction will be fixed into its literary
context--be it thematic or artistic movement--and then its rendition
in the form of film will also be explored in its own particular
context.  In each instance, moreover, we will examine the
representation of those aspects of culture that each of the works,
fiction and film, represents, as well as what each is less able to
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.