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Israeli Film & Fiction (3 cr.)
Stephen Katz
JSTU-C 360 #30357
MW 4:00-5:15

Meets with NELC-N 695.

In this course, we will examine the differing representations of human experiences in two forms of art;  prose fiction and film.  Our specific scope will be limited to Israeli fiction as it is “translated” into film.  Both media will be considered as they work in tandem in representing aspects of Israeli culture, values and history.  We will be reading in English translation 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. 

A sampling of Israeli novels and stories in English translation whose texts were made into film. All readings and discussions conducted in English. Subjects covered pertain to the representation of Israeli culture, values, and experience, including individualism and the collective, war and peace, the self and the nation.

What are the loves and adventures of a man after he commits suicide?  What are the social and emotional consequences of being a soldier in Israel?  What are the consequences of a stable marriage?  Is there a future for greater intimacy between Arab, Jew, Muslim and Christian in Israel?  These and other issues are covered by our reading of Israeli works of fiction and viewing of films based on these works. 

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.

Students will be required to take periodic quizzes, a midterm exam, and a final.  In addition, as  a required class project, students will read and view a film that is not covered in class and write a paper critiquing both as a required class project.

Beginning Summer 2011 & after: CASE A&H, CASE GCC
Before Summer 2011: A&H, CSA, JS Literature & the Arts or Language & Literature