Modern Hebrew Short Story

HEBREW 4601: Modern Hebrew Short Story

Reading and discussion of masterpieces of modern Hebrew short stories in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Prereq: 1103 (104), or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 421.  Cross-listed in Jewish Studies. 

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to modern Hebrew literary texts, as well as to develop reading skills in modern Hebrew. It will survey some of the major developments in the modern Hebrew short story, from the early twentieth century to the present day. Addressing questions of esthetics and literary context, the course will highlight such major themes as the rise of Zionism; the pioneer experience; the Arab-Israeli conflict; responses to the Holocaust; the relationship of the individual to the collectivity; optimism and disillusionment. Readings will be drawn from the work of Agnon, Kishon, Liebrecht, and Megged.
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