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Readings in Hebrew
JSTU-H 500 Topics in Jewish Studies (3 cr.) #34516
Rachel Naor
JSTU-H 500 Topics in Jewish Studies
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Syllabus H-500 Readings in Hebrew Swain East 009, 1:00-3:30 Instructor: Rachel A. Naor Office: Memorial Hall 009 Office hrs: M, W 9:00-9:45 Telephone: 856-1431 Email: rnaor@indiana.edu Course Objectives:

Students will improve their reading and comprehension skills in Hebrew by translating to English primary literary selections such as plays and short stories by Yehoshua Sobol, Hanoch Levin, Savion Librecht, Etgar Keret, Gavriel Ben-Simhon,Yaakov Shabtai and more. Aside from primary literary selections, students will read some pieces from printed and online media. On occasion, conjoint to a specific play or short story, students will view its cinematic production. Students may also view one or two critically acclaimed Israeli films for which they will write their own narrative/summation in Hebrew; the idea is not to forego "Hebrew on Hebrew" pedagogic design altogether.

In addition to reading selections offered by the instructor, students are encouraged to suggest at least one specific reading from their own respective areas of interest. Aside from reading and translating texts in predominantly formal Hebrew at home, students will vocalize their texts by reading them in class and translating them into English verbally. For each reading or viewing selection students translate or summarize, a discussion, conducted in English, will follow. The objective for such discussions is to familiarize students with the political, philosophical and cultural discourses, defining 20th and 21st century Israeli consciousness.

Assessment:

  • 15 written translations and/or summations for each class meeting (these are to be mailed as an attachment via oncourse): 50%
  • In-class, expressive reading and verbal translation: 35%
  • Participation in class discussions: 15%

PHOTO COPIED MATERIALS FOR THE COURSE WILL BE AVAILABLE IN CLASS. SOME OF VIEWED PRODUCTIONS MAY BE PUT ON RESERVE IN THE LIBRARY'S MEDIA RESOURCES.