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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Spring 2007

E 322 • Postmodernist Israeli Literature

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
34375 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
WEL 3.266

Course Description

The first decades of Israeli literature were marked by an intense stylistic and thematic seriousness, partly because of its driving forces-the establishment of the new state in the aftermath of the Holocaust, the never-ceasing conflict with Palestinians and surrounding Arab nations, and generational conflicts that were linked to the difference between the new place and the old as much as they were to a gap in years. While the somberness has not disappeared from the Israeli reality, the last two decades have brought fresh and original modes of literary expression that break away from the concerns of earlier literary generations and present utterly innovative perspectives. This course explores these works, which range from deeply psychological modernist musings to shockingly apathetic portrayals, examining their contribution to a distinctly Israeli postmodernism.

PLEASE NOTE: No knowledge of Hebrew is necessary.

Grading Policy

Regular reading assignments, consistent participation in discussion, oral presentation, regular attendance.

Paper 1, 4-5 pages 15%
Paper 2 (Rewrite) 5-6 pages 25%
Paper 3, 7-8 pages 30%
Participation 30% (10% oral presentation; 20% participation in discussion)


Castel-Bloom, Dolly City, Human Parts
Hoffmann, The Heart is Katmandu, Christ of Fish
Keret, Bus Driver Who Wanted to be God, Pizzeria Kamikaze
Grossman, Book of Intimate Grammar
M. Shalev, Four Meals
Matalon, The One Facing Us
Shalev, Love Life
Appelfeld, Badenheim 1939
Kashua, Dancing Arabs


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