10551 Holocaust Survivors, Outsiders and Others in Israeli Cinema and Literature 1

Credits: 6 advanced credits in Film Studies or in Hebrew Literature

Prerequisites: 36 credits, including two of the following: The Holocaust: Days of Reckoning, Israel: The First Decade, Trends in Israeli Society, Amos Oz and A. B. Yehoshua: Early Writings, Understanding Movies: Introduction to the Art of Cinema, Israeli Fiction and Cinema, Myth and Ethos in Israeli Cinema. Students must also fulfill all English requirements and take bibliographic instruction in the Library.

Recommended: Modern Literary and Cultural Theory: An Introduction

Author: Nurith Gertz. The materials include a reader edited by Nurith Gertz and Liat Steir-Livny.

The course traces how Holocaust survivors were described in Israeli society from the end of the 1940s to the present. It discusses the encounter between Holocaust survivors and Israeli society, the gradual change in the description of survivors in Israeli culture, and the processes that brought Israeli society to recognize other identities, spaces and memories, and to adopt them as part of the Israeli experience and culture. In all these cases, Holocaust survivors serve as examples of how Israeli society relates to outsiders and others within and without.

1Students taking a study program with a focus on Literature may not write a seminar paper in this course.