Near Eastern Languages and Cultures | Recent Hebrew Literature in English
N588 | 26045 | Katz
The course presents the forces affecting issues, topics and forms of
Hebrew literature composed in the last fifty 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.
This course fulfills part of the College A&H and Culture Studies
requirement. Grades will be determined on the basis of attendance,
quizzes, a midterm and 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.
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Students who are able and wish to do the readings and discussion in
the original Hebrew, should sign up under NELC N695, Recent Hebrew
Literature in Hebrew (time and place to be arranged)