Israeli Identities

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NEAR E 316
Professor: Naomi Sokoloff
T TH 2:30-4:20pm
Credits: 5 VLPA / DIV

This course examines fiction and film, as well as selected poetry, popular songs, and essays, to explore the experience of diverse groups within contemporary Israeli society. Among the topics to be considered: the sabra ideal; Holocaust survivors and the second generation; Sephardic/Mizrahi communities; religious/secular divides in Israeli culture; Israel’s Arab minority; and questions of gender, including gay and lesbian life. Readings will also cover background information on Israeli history and society.

All readings will be in English. Students wishing to receive additional credits for doing work in Hebrew should contact the instructor and register for 1-2 credits of independent study (HEBR 490).