MES 325 • ISRAELI CINEMA & TELEVISION
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
The course is aimed at undergraduate and graduate students of Middle Eastern Studies, Jewish Studies, Hebrew, Radio-Television-Film and all students interested in studying Israeli culture and society as expressed in cinema and television. The dialogue, music, characters and storyline in cinema and television programs render rich audio-visual texts which reveal various facets of the society where these media outlets are created. Israeli cinema and television manifest competing discourses concerning Zionism, socio-economic gaps, tradition vs. modernism and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Israeli Cinema and Television will explore the social, cultural, political, economic and aesthetic context in which films are made. Films will be explored as more than a mimetic manifestation and a literal representation of the time and place where they are set. The course will employ a variety of disciplines, including formalist, realist, and semiotic film theories, to provide fundamental analytical tools for media analysis.
Class presentation 10% Papers 35% Film reviews 10% Final 25% Attendance and participation 20%
Shohat, Ella. Israeli Cinema: East/West and the Politics of Representation. University of Texas Press, 1989. Course Packet: Israeli Cinema and Television