Identity and Alterity in Israeli Literature|
|Certificates: Jewish and Israel Studies, Writing|
Contemporary Israeli literature attests to a significant turn in Israeli identity. We will read and discuss contemporary texts which reflect different conceptions of various aspects of "traditional" Israeli identity. We will start with the modernist Israeli canon and proceed to contemporary writing. Our questions will focus on the gap between the public national ethos and private non-national identities. At the center of our attention will be some of the alternative spaces and discourses which have recently moved to the center of Israeli literature: the individual vs. society, Zionism vs. anti-establishment, Sabre (Israeli-born) vs. immigrants, the powerful vs. the vulnerable, center vs. periphery, monolithicity vs. pluralism, the major vs. the minor, etc. We will ask to what extent representations of the "other" in the Israeli texts parallel those present in American culture and society. Writing assignments include a series of review essays.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Partial Reading List:
Bialik, Hayim Nahmam, THE CITY OF SLAUGHTER
Bialik, Hayim Nahmam, ON THE SLAUGHTER
Oz, Amos, THE WAY OF THE WIND
Abraham, B Yehoshua, THE MISSION OF THE HUMAN RESOURCE MAN
Abraham, B Yehoshua, FRIENDLY FIRE
Castel-Bloom, Orly, DOLLY CITY
Castel-Bloom, SOMEONE ELSE'S STORY
Keret, Etgar, COCKED AND LOCKED
Keret, Etgar, SIMYON
Matalon, Ronit, THE SOUND OF OUR STEPS
Goldberg, Lea, THERE COMES THE NIGHT
Goldberg, Lea, LEGENDS FROM AN IMAGINARY JOURNEY
Adaf, Shimon, SUNBURNT FACE
|Examination and Assignments: |
Midterm and final papers, four short review responses, and optional class presentation.
Opportunities to write pieces for general readers as well as pieces for an academic audience.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course counts as an elective in the writing certificate. This course will count toward the certificate in Jewish and Israel Studies.
|Instructor(s): Berdugo,Sami Times: ..T.R.. 10:30AM-11:50AM; Location: TBA|
|Total Enrollment Limit: 16||SR major: 0||JR major: 0|| || |
|Seats Available: 6||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 4||JR non-major: 4||SO: 4||FR: 4|