Recent Hebrew Literature in Hebrew (3 cr.)
NELC-N 695 Graduate Topics in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
P: Grade of C or higher in NELC-H 504 or equivalent proficiency
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. Students who are not proficient in Hebrew should enroll under JSTU-L 385. Graduate students will be required to write a research paper on a subject approved by the instructor.