MES 392 • MIZRAHI WRITING IN ISRAEL
2:00 PM-5:00 PM
Graduate standing required. Course number may be repeated for credit when the topics vary. This course will examine the writing of Israeli Jews from non-European cultural and ethnic backgrounds. While, by 1970, they constituted a demographic majority in Israel, their voices remained largely unheard until very recently, not only internationally but even within Israel itself. We will consider the relationship of Mizrahi writers to their Arab backgrounds, explore their place within the Zionist meta-narrative that only selectively included them, and consider language of "conventional" Hebrew literature? Besides the themes, which often portray underrepresented experience of being Israeli, how does their structure and style contribute to the project of representation? In sum, how do their works fit into and affect the rubric of "Israeli literature?" This course is conducted in English.
Regular reading assignments, consistent participation in discussion. oral presentation, regular attendance. 40% participation & presentation, 60% seminar paper