JUDAIC 417 - Topics in Judaic Studies
Section: 004 Ethnicity in Israeli Literature and Culture
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Judaic Studies (JUDAIC)
Department: LSA Judaic Studies
Waitlist Capacity:
May be elected three times for credit.
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Rackham credit requires additional work.
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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.

JUDAIC 417 - Topics in Judaic Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Meets with Judaic 517, HJCS 491/591, and ACABS 491/591
002 (SEM)
W 4:00PM - 7:00PM
003 (LEC)
Th 11:00AM - 2:00PM
004 (SEM)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: Meets with HJCS 491
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