2019 - 2020

  Fathers and Daughters in Hebrew Literature                                                           
Prof. Dror BursteinGilman-humanities326Mon1400-1600 Sem  1
University credit hours:  2.0

Course description

Father-daughter relations are based on two complex relationships: father-child and man-woman. In the course we will trace several stations in such relationships in ancient and modern Hebrew literature. In the first half of the course we will read the stories of Lot and his daughters, Jacob and Dina and Yiftach and his daughter in the Bible, and we will go over to midrashim on these stories. We will then read some of the Sages' stories about themselves and their daughters, and we will reach the stories of the Baal Shem Tov and his daughter Adele. In the second half of the course we will compare these stories, written by men, mainly to readings in contemporary literature written by women writers (among them Yehudit Hendel, Ida Fink, Sharon Hass and Noga Albalach).

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