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Robert Abzug, Director CLA 2.402, 305 E 23rd St B3600, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-475-6178

Karen Grumberg

Associate Professor Ph.D.- 2004, University of California- Los Angeles

Karen Grumberg

Contact

  • Phone: 471-5134
  • Office: WMB 6.116
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 2:30 - 4:00
  • Campus Mail Code: F9400

Biography

Affiliated Research/Academic Unit

  • Ctr for Jewish Studies
  • Program in Comparative Literature 
  • Department of Middle Eastern Studies 
  • Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Interests

Contemporary Hebrew literature and comparative Jewish literatures (Hebrew, French, English)

J S 363 • Sacr/Sec Contemp Jewish Lit

39405 • Spring 2015
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm CAL 422
(also listed as C L 323, MEL 321, MES 342, R S 353 )
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This course will examine contemporary Jewish literature from three different countries, the United States, France, and Israel. We will read well-known works by several major authors from each country. Does their work incorporate Judaism or Jewishness in any way – thematically, stylistically, methodologically? How does it interpret Jewishness, if at all? Do these works redefine the sacred? Do the American and French authors use language differently than their non-Jewish compatriots might in their writing? Does the territoriality of Hebrew, or the direct link between Hebrew and Judaism, affect the way Jewishness is represented in the Israeli works? Conversely, what is the role of the secular in these texts? We will consider these and other questions, taking into account not only nationality, but also gender, ethnicity, and generational differences.

Texts (Tentative)

(Subject to change) Course reader Rebecca Goldstein, The Mind-Body Problem (1983) Philip Roth, The Counterlife (1986) Cynthia Ozick, The Shawl (1989) “Annie Hall” (Woody Allen, 1977) – film Allegra Goodman, Kaaterskill Falls (1999) Albert Memmi, Pillar of Salt (1953) Albert Cohen, Book of My Mother (1954) Etgar Keret, The Bus Driver Who Wanted to be God (1994) Elisabeth Gille, Shadows of a Childhood (1996) “Little Jerusalem” (Karin Albou, 2005) film Shulamith Hareven, City of Many Days (1972) “Kadosh” (Amos Gitai, 1999) film Haim Be’er, Feathers (1979) Orly Castel-Bloom, Dolly City (1992)

Grading

Active participation - 20%, Quiz - 5%, Exam 1 - 15%, Exam 2 - 15%, Exam 3 - 15%, Final Exam - 30%

J S 363 • Isrl/Palestn Confl In Lit/Film

40380 • Spring 2011
Meets TTH 930am-1100am PAR 203
(also listed as C L 323, HEB 374, MES 322K )
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Course Description

This upper-division undergraduate course will examine literary and cinematic representations ofelements of the Israel/Palestine conflict by the most important Israeli, Palestinian, and “Arab Israeli”writers and filmmakers. In a discussion-intensive course, students will be exposed to diverseperspectives of the conflict. Some of the central questions we will investigate are: What effect canliterature and film have on the conflict? Conversely, what effect has the conflict had on literature andfilm? Do authors and filmmakers on any side of the conflict have a moral obligation to represent it, or torepresent it in a particular way? What is the author or artist’s role in places at war? No knowledge ofHebrew or Arabic is necessary.

Texts

Ghassan Kanafani, from Men In the Sun; Mahmoud Darwish, from Unfortunately, It Was ParadiseAnton Shammas, Arabesques. Additional textbooks will be provided by the instructor.

Grading & Requirements

Quiz 10%Active Participation 20%Essay Exam 1 20%Essay Exam 2 20%Final Essay Exam 30%

J S 363 • Sacr/Sec In Contemp Jewish Lit

39965 • Fall 2010
Meets TTH 930am-1100am MEZ 1.120
(also listed as E 322, HEB 374, MES 322K, R S 353 )
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This course will examine contemporary Jewish literature from the U.S., France, and Israel, in terms of their relationship (or lack thereof) with Judaism and Jewishness. In this context, we will read well-known works by several major authors from each country. How does their work interpret Jewishness, if at all? Does it redefine the sacred? Conversely, what is the role of the secular in these texts? We will consider these and other questions, taking into account not only nationality, but also gender, ethnicity, and generational differences.

 

Texts:

Mind-Body Problem, Counterlife, Pillar of Salt, Book of My Mother, Shadows of a Childhood, City of Many Days, Lover, Dolly City. Additional information regarding textbooks will be provided by the instructor.

 

Grading:

To be provided by the instructor.

 

SPECIAL NOTE: This course satisfies Area V requirements for English and Area II requirements for Religious Studies.

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