Introduction to Jewish Literature

Subject 673-309 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2009.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2.5-hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment: Total of 8.5 hours per week.
Prerequisites: Usually 12.5 points of first year Arts subjects or permission of the subject coordinator.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Tessa Fitzgerald
Phone: 45179
Subject Overview: This subject involves a review of Jewish literature from the Enlightenment to the present, featuring a variety of authors, genres and texts. One of the themes of the subject is the exploration of the role of metaphor, biblical and modern, within Jewish literature, with particular attention to the sacrifice of Isaac and other biblical metaphors. Students will also explore issues of Jewish literary bilingualism, and the representation of women and of non-Jewish figures in Jewish literature. Students should complete the semester with an understanding of the development of modern Hebrew and Jewish literature.
  • have an understanding of the role of metaphor in various genres of literature;
  • be familiar with the modes and methodologies of literary analysis;
  • have an understanding of the development of modern Hebrew literature.
Assessment: One essay of 2000 words due mid-semester 50%, one essay of 2000% words due end of semester 50%.
Prescribed Texts: A subject reader will be available from the Bookroom at the beginning of semester
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

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Generic Skills:
  • have developed a sensitivity to cultural and social differences;
  • be able to apply tools of research through library use and preparation of written essays as well as class presentations that develop confidence to speak in public and apply discourse in class to various aspects of literature and society;
  • have time management skills;
  • develop the ability to conduct necessary work and preparation and deliver assignments on time and in the appropriate manner.
Notes: Formerly available as 150-252/352 and 183-213 Exploring the World of Jewish Literature. Students who have completed 150-252/352 or 183-212 Exploring the World of Jewish Literature are not eligible to enrol in this subject.
Related Course(s): Diploma in Modern Languages (Hebrew)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Jewish Studies Major

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