Academic year
2020/2021 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
LT007K (AF:272352 AR:158394)
Blended (on campus and online classes)
ECTS credits
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code
1st Semester
Course year
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The course is one of the core seminars of the third year of the BA degree Licsaam and aims at giving students intermediate tools in modern Hebrew (CEFR levels B1-B2), consolidating the knowledge of the language and basing upon what students did in the previous year of study.
Its objective is the development of the linguistic skills with special emphasis on the main morphological and syntactical structures of modern Hebrew, and their written and oral application. Additionally, students will continue the study of modern Hebrew literature from a linguistic and historical point of view, enabling him/her to get an adequate knowledge of the subject, also in the more general context of the modern Middle Eastern languages and literatures.
1. Knowledge and comprehension: ● Knowing modern Hebrew at intermediate level and understanding texts in this language; ● Knowing various characteristics of modern Hebrew and understanding their interaction.
2. Ability to apply knowledge and comprehension: ● Being able to correctly utilize Hebrew in all the processes of application and communication basing on the knowledge acquired; ● Being able to operate a linguistic and grammar analysis of different aspects of modern Hebrew; ● Being able to apply linguistic skills in order to analyze intermediate textual and metatextual typologies.
3. Judgement ability: ● Being able to formulate hypothesis, developing also a critical approach to the evaluation of alternatives.
4. Communication skills: ● Being able to communicate in various fields of daily life, and not only, in modern Hebrew; ● Interacting with the lecturer and the other students respectfully.
5. Learning abilities: ● Being able to take notes and share them; ● Consulting critically the reference texts and the bibliography.

At the end of the course, students will acquire a good knowledge of modern Hebrew both in the written and oral dimension (CEFR levels B1-B2).
Additionally, they will be able to analyze intermediate literary texts, contextualizing them from a historical and cultural point of view, and to discuss some of the main aspects of contemporary Israeli society and culture.
The course is destined to students who already attended the first- and second-year classes of Hebrew Language.
The course aims at improving the knowledge of modern Hebrew through the study of Israeli literature from the 1950s to today and the translation, and analysis, of texts by Hebrew authors. Additionally, the course will introduce students to the contemporary culture and society of the State of Israel basing upon its different components and through the analysis of forms of cultural production other than literature (e.g. cinema, music). A first part (20 hrs, IN CLASS) focused on language and translation, will be followed by a second part (10 hrs, ONLINE) more focused on literature.

Students are asked to attend throughout the entire academic year the weekly classes of modern Hebrew with dr. Tsipora Baran.
- Sonia Barzilai e Mireille Hadas-Lebel, Manuel d’hébreu – vol. 2 (Parigi: L’Asiathèque, 2014), passim.
- Lewis Glinert, Modern Hebrew: An Essential Grammar (Londra: Routledge, 2005), passim.
- testi in ebraico forniti dal docente nel Moodle.

- Amos Oz, Una storia d'amore e di tenebra (Milano: Feltrinelli, 2003).
- Yoram Kaniuk, 1948 (Firenze: Giuntina, 2012).
- Sami Michael, Victoria (Firenze: Giuntina, 2007).
- Abraham B. Yehoshua, L'amante (Torino: Einaudi, 2015).
- David Grossman, Vedi alla voce: amore (Milano: Mondadori, 1983).
- Alona Kimhi, La lettrice di Shelley (Milano: Guanda, 2012).
- Sayed Kashua, Due in uno (Milano: Neri Pozza, 2013).
- Batya Gur, Omicidio nel kibbutz (Milano: Piemme, 2000).
- Eshkol Nevo, Tre piani (Milano: Neri Pozza, 2015).
- Ariel Rathaus, a cura di, Poeti israeliani (Torino: Einaudi, 2007), 4-71; 97-115; 156-189; 228-253; 296-309.

- Adia Mendelson-Maoz, Multiculturalism in Israel: Literary Perspectives (West Lafayette: Purdue University Press, 2014), 15-66.
- Dario Miccoli, La letteratura israeliana mizrahi (Firenze: Giuntina, 2016).
- Karen Grumberg, Place and ideology in Contemporary Hebrew Literature (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2012), passim.
- Gershon Shaked, Narrativa ebraica moderna (Milano: Terra Santa, 2011), passim.

recommended reading:
- Colin Shindler, Israele: dal 1948 ad oggi (Trieste: Beit, 2011).

- Shira Geffen e Etgar Keret, Meduse (2007: the movie is freely available on RAIPLAY).
During the course, students are asked to do translation and grammar exercises, both in class and at home. Students are also asked to read all the Hebrew novels and poems as indicated in the bibliography.

The final mark will be the average of:
1. a partial written exam ("prova parziale") with: Hebrew exercises, translation of excerpts from the Hebrew texts studied in class, one question on the history of Hebrew literature.
2. a final written exam of Hebrew to Italian translation.
3. a final oral exam with the CEL.
Lectures; class discussions; movies; Moodle.
Students unable to attend should contact the lecturer at the beginning of the semester.
This is a blended course. All the information, especially about the online classes, will be given at the beginning of the semester.

Due to the health emergency situation, the course and exam could be subject to changes. Students will be notified in due course.
written and oral

This subject deals with topics related to the macro-area "Human capital, health, education" and contributes to the achievement of one or more goals of U. N. Agenda for Sustainable Development

Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 27/08/2020