HJCS 472 - Introduction to Modern Hebrew Literature, II
Section: 001 Ethnicity in Israeli Literature and Culture
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies (HJCS)
Department: LSA Near Eastern Studies
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Advisory Prerequisites:
HJCS 302.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Recent popular interest in Sephardic piyut (liturgical poems), on the one hand, and in Yiddish culture, on the other, points to the centrality of ethnic identity in contemporary Jewish Israeli society. This course examines the manifestations of ethnicity in Israeli literature and film from 1948 to the present, focusing particularly on “Ashkenazi”-“Mizrahi” relations. Our central lines of inquiry will be: how does ethnic identity become marked or unmarked, hidden or foregrounded? What roles do gender, class, and race play in the construction of ethnicity? And how have the major junctures in the history and politics of Israel informed ethnicity as both cultural capital and political protest? We will discuss these questions through readings by and about immigrants from Middle-Eastern, North African, as well as Eastern European countries (Almog, Amir, Gabizon, Elkayam, Hoffmann, Kishon, Levin, Matalon, Shalom Chetrit, Shilo, Shabtay, and Somek). In paying close attention to the various dialects of modern Hebrew and to the interweaving of other languages (Arabic, German, Russian, Yiddish) into the Hebrew language, students will enhance their command of the language and their sensitivity to its registers and counterpoints. Ability to read and converse in Hebrew is required.

HJCS 472 - Introduction to Modern Hebrew Literature, II
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001 (REC)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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