Encounter Israeli society through the pens of Israel’s leading writers, discovering voices that are original, contemporary, and honest. This 10-part course takes you on a literary journey offering a fresh and fascinating examination of Israeli society since the birth of the State in 1948. Together, learners will read poetry and prose that is challenging and self-critical, gaining great insights into the Israeli national psyche through written reflections on Israel’s mythical origins. Sharing literary insights is a joy of this highly interactive course, throughout which learners will interpret, analyze, and simply appreciate the works of well-known and lesser- known Israeli authors, such as Yehuda Amichai, Dalia Ravikovitch and Amos Oz, whose words paint a multidimensional picture of a proud nation.
Table of Contents
Lesson 1 - If I Forget Thee… Longing for Zion
Lesson 2 - Hebrew or Jewish? Speaking in Tongues
Lesson 3 - Tel Aviv – The First Hebrew City
Lesson 4 - A Poet and His City: Amichai’s Jerusalem
Lesson 5 - The Trauma of the Shoah
Lesson 6 - Pro Patria Mori – War and Its Impact
Lesson 7 - Women’s Writing
Lesson 8 - The Clash Between Land and Identities
Lesson 9 - What Lies Beyond the Blue Mountain?
Lesson 10 - Love of the Land – Ami Chai