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COMMUNICATION

COMM-396
Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Prerequisite: minimum 2.5 GPA.

COMM-396
001
COMMUNICATION
SPRING 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Israeli Identities through Film

This course provides a broad overview of Israeli cinema, taking as its focus the various ways through which the filmic medium has portrayed Israel's complex matrix of social identities. Oscillating between considerations of social history and film aesthetics, the course addresses the major factors shaping Israeli identity: war and the demands of battlefield heroism; the trauma of the Holocaust; the Mizrahi-Ashkenazi ethnic divide; the Ethiopian and Russian immigration experience; the challenge of Judaism to Israeli secularity; engagements with the Palestinian Other; gender politics; heteronormativity, queer culture, and the threat of "pink washing"; kibbutz life and the decline of collectivism; and the effects of globalization on local social practices. Through these discussions, students gain a more comprehensive perspective on Israeli society than is usually offered in mainstream American media, as well as acquire intimate familiarity with certain milestones of Israeli filmmaking, most of which have rarely been screened outside of Israel's national borders. Meets with LIT-346 002 SOCY-396 004.