HJCS 291 - Topics in Hebrew and Judaic Cultural Studies
Section: 002 Lost in Transit: Literature of Jewish Mobility
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies (HJCS)
Department: LSA Near Eastern Studies
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Taught in English.
May be repeated for credit.
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Traditionally, literary travelers leave their homes and countries and experience adventures abroad, returning to their native lands changed and matured. This course explores Jewish literature that undermines this circular trajectory by depicting states of exile, uprootedness, and incessant mobility. Reading texts originally composed in Hebrew, German, and Yiddish, we will discuss the depiction of modes of transportation and of spaces of transit: boats, trains, and airplanes, as well as train stations, hotels, boarding houses, elevators, and suitcases. Some of our central questions will be: how have different writers imagined the cultural encounter between immigrants and their surroundings, whether en route or upon arrival in the “old-new” lands of America or Palestine/Israel? What gets lost in transit and what remains inassimilable? What kinds of interactions take place among the histories, traditions, dispositions, and languages of the various immigrants or else of the immigrants and the locals? Texts by Sholem Aleichem, Franz Kafka, Theodor Herzl, S.Y. Agnon, Anna Seghers, Ronit Matalon, and W.G. Sebald (among others) will be read in translation.

HJCS 291 - Topics in Hebrew and Judaic Cultural Studies
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (LEC)
W 1:00PM - 4:00PM
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ISBN: 0805242112
Amerika : the missing person : a new translation, based on the restored text, Author: Franz Kafka ; translated and with a preface by Mark Harman., Publisher: Schocken Books 1st ed. 2008
ISBN: 0143105604
Tevye the dairyman : and Motl the cantor's son, Author: Sholem Aleichem ; translated by Aliza Shevrin ; introduction by Dan Miron., Publisher: Penguin Group 2009
ISBN: 1592642144
To this day, Author: S.Y. Agnon ; translated and with an introduction by Hillel Halkin., Publisher: Toby Press 1st Englis 2008
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