HEB 322 • Survey of Hebrew Lit-Bible to Present
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
This course provides an introduction to exile, a definitive theme in Hebrew literature from Biblical times to the 21st century. It focuses on major figures writing in Hebrew in different historical periods and parts of the world, and asks how they expressed and dealt with their sense of exile. For some writers, exile is a central force that pervades the literary imagination. However, the consciousness of exile often informs even those texts in which it is not the primary concern. This course explores an array of Hebrew literature in terms of this theme, which has been a formative one in Jewish identity, and which continues to be a major concern in Hebrew writing. Our readings will span the Hebrew Bible, the great poetry of Medieval Spain, the works of the Haskala (Hebrew Enlightenment), and contemporary Israeli literature.
PLEASE NOTE This course is conducted in Hebrew.