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Kamran Scot Aghaie, Chair CAL 528 | 204 W 21st St F9400 | Austin, TX 78712-1029 • 512-471-3881

Summer 2003

MES S325 • Jerusalem in Israeli Literature and Cinema

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
87050 MTWThF
10:00 AM-11:30 AM
PAR 304

Course Description

If I forget Thee: Jerusalem in Israeli Literature and Cinema This course is aimed at undergraduate and graduate students of Hebrew, Middle Eastern Studies, and all students who are interested in studying Israeli society as expressed in literature and cinema. Jerusalem is prominently figured in the stories, poems, essays, and films of Israeli writers and filmmakers. The course will address the multilateral, ambivalent, and at times, schizophrenic depiction of the city, not only in the overall body of Israeli literature and cinema, but often, within a single work. This figurative dissonance embedded in most literary and filmic works depicting Jerusalem may often be attributed to the desire to protect onto this city that which it is not; Jerusalem as an actual locale clashes with the city as an imagined site. The course will explore the following topics: * Peace and War * Religion and Spirituality * In Search of the Lost Time * Symbolism and Iconography * The Jerusalem Syndrome * The Site of the Real and the Imagined * Home and Exile; Belonging and Alienation

Grading Policy

Midterm 20% Final Paper 30% Book and film reviews 20% Class presentation 15% Attendance and participation 15%


Jerusalem, David Perlov My Michael, Dan Wolman Three Days and a Child, Uri Zohar The Lover, Michal Bat-Adam Fragmants of Jerusalem (excerpts), Roni Havilio


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