2019 - 2020

  Myth, Fantasy and Legends of Modern Jewish Culture                                                   
Aviv LivnatGilman-humanities282Wed1000-1200 Sem  1
University credit hours:  2.0

Course description

The modern Artistic and Cultural Jewish expression developed within modern gust of wind which threatened to destabilize Jewish society during the first decades of the twentieth century and one can find in it reflections of social, psychological and spiritual turmoil.

This textual, visual and theatrical treasure allows for a unique look into dynamic and most dramatic decades in the Jewish sphere- days full of promise and new opportunities, while at the same time echoing a growing distress and anticipating imminent tragedy.

Various themes and motifs deal with Jewish and gentile myths and legends with the complicated encounter they create. This encounter occurred in a moment of massive immigration of a secularizing Jewish world.

throughout the course we will focus on the way in which those Jewish and gentile myths legends and folk stories penetrated and were expressed through Jewish Art and letters. Modern Jewish culture shaken between tradition and modernism both nurtured and was nourished by the burst of modern Jewish creativity breakthrough where it frequently reflected and expressed a fantastic reality for diverse Jewish audiences.

We will discuss artistic inventiveness in the fields of art and design, literature, music and the performative arts; Observing this rare cultural-artistic treasure, Jewish folklore gains relevance for issues of contemporary Jewish identity both from a critical prism and as a luggage of “alive and kicking” heritage.  


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