Also offered as CMLT398B, HEBR498Q, and JWST319Q. Credit granted for CMLT398B, HEBR498Q, JWST319Q, or ISRL349Q.
Modern Israel includes people of many different faiths, ethnicities, languages, and cultures, but, Jews of European origin have generally dominated its political and cultural climate. Through literature and film, we will explore how the sense of the "self" is constructed and how the "other" is imagined in Israeli culture. "Others" include Palestinians, Sephardim, Mizrahim, non-Zionists, women, and Eastern Europeans who do not relinquish their ties to the past, as well as other individuals who resist the collective ideologies of a nation constructing itself. All texts and teaching will be in English; no knowledge of Hebrew is required.