10346 Literature and Ideology in Palestine in the 1930s 1

Credits: 6 advanced credits in Hebrew Literature or in Modern History of the Jewish People

Prerequisites: 36 credits, preferably including at least two courses in Hebrew Literature. Students must also fulfill all English requirements and take bibliographic instruction in the Library.

Recommended: Amos Oz and A. B. Yehoshua: Early Writings, History of Zionism: 1881-1914, Trends in Israeli Society

Author: Nurith Gertz

The course deals with the relationship between Hebrew literature in Palestine (Eretz-Yisrael) and the ideological milieu during the l930s. The course presents a general description of the Zionist ideologies of the time, and of the political groups in the Yishuv, and compares the ideological views with their expressions in literature. The major part of the course is devoted to examining the interaction between the ideological views and literary articles and their impact on literary texts. The study material is based on selections from contemporary literary periodicals: Moznayim, Gilyonot and Turim. The materials include a reader that contains source materials: stories from literary periodicals, ideological articles, and selections from books and articles, which provide a historical and social background.

Topics: Politics and literature in the 1930s in Palestine; Ideologies in the Yishuv and in literary periodicals; Ideological differences among literary periodicals; Literary views; Fiction of the center (Haim Hazaz); Literature and ideology in the work of Hazaz; Fiction in Gilyonot; Literature and ideology in Gilyonot; Fiction in Turim; Literature and ideology in Turim.

1Students may write a seminar paper in this course, although it is not required.