Crisis and Identity in Modern Jewish fiction
This section focuses on the theme of crisis and identity in modern Jewish fiction, with much attention to close reading and narrative techniques. The writers are Jewish but their writing deals with universal problems: ethnic or religious identity; the power of religious faith; immigration and immersion; personal development and demise; weak men and powerful women. We will be reading in English stories and novellas by twentieth century Jewish writers from different cultures and continents: Berkowitz and Liebrecht (Hebrew), Roth and Bellow (English), Singer (Yiddish), Kafka (German). The ultimate goal is to produce an interesting, precise, well-grounded, and well-articulated analysis of literary texts while making use of the approaches and techniques of Comparative Literature.