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

Summer 2005

MES S325 • Jerusalem in Israeli Literature and Cinema- W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
86850 MTWTh
10:00 AM-12:00 PM
10:00 AM-11:30 AM
MEZ 1.118
MEZ 1.118

Course Description

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 multifaceted, 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 project 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 Paper: 20%, (5 pages). * Final Paper: 30%, (7 pages). * Book Review: 10%, (2 pages). * Film Review: Critical review one of the films scheduled for screening. 10%, (2 pages). * Class Presentation: 15%. * Attendance and Participation: Active participation is expected of all students. Perfect attendance does not guarantee a full grade in this category. 15%. * Please note that you may not write about the same work for more than one assignment. * Students have the opportunity to revise and resubmit one critiqued paper.


Texts: My Michael, Amos Oz Three Days and a Child, A.B. Yehoshua Poems of Jerusalem and Love Poems, Yehuda Amichai Course packet including short stories, poems and essays. Films: Jerusalem, David Perlov My Michael, Dan Wolman Three Days and a Child, Uri Zohar Kadosh, Amos Gitai Hill 24 Doesn't Answer, Thorold Dickinson Chronicle of a Disappearance, Elia Suleiman Fragments of Jerusalem (excerpts), Roni Havilio


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