Recent Hebrew Literature in English (3 cr.)
2nd 8 weeks
What’s more important, the individual or the group? The acceptance of the way your parents see things or deliberately doing them differently? How is childhood affected by the past or how does it represent the future? This course presents the forces affecting issues, topics, and forms of Israeli literature composed over 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.
Grades will be determined on the basis of attendance, quizzes, a midterm , and 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 enroll under JSTU-H485. Graduate students will be required to write a research paper on a subject approved by the instructor.