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The Oedipal Figure in Modern Hebrew Literature:

March 20-24, 2017

Michael Gluzman


Professor Michael Gluzman is the head of the Laura Schwartz Kipp Center for Hebrew Literature and Culture at Tel Aviv University. Among his publications are The Politics of Canonicity: Lines of Resistance in Modernist Hebrew Poetry (Stanford 2004), The Zionist Body: Sexuality and Gender in Modern Hebrew Literature (Hebrew, 2007) and The Poetry of the Drowned: The Melancholia of  Sovereignty in Hebrew Poetry of the 1950s and 1960s (Hebrew, forthcoming in 2017). He is the founding co-editor of Ot: A Journal of Hebrew Literature and Theory.

Course Description
This course will focus on the oedipal metaphor in modern Hebrew literature. The \”invention\” of the Oedipus complex in Freud\’s self-analysis coincides with the emergence of a power oedipal narrative in modern Hebrew culture. We will read a variety of texts which rework the oedipal figure from the late 19th century to the 1960s and beyond. Freudian and post-Freudian formulations of the Oedipus complex will be read alongside literary texts which \”theorize\” the oedipal question. Why is this figure so central in Hebrew literature and what are its implication vis-à-vis gender and nationalism? How did this figure evolve over the course of the 20th century? Although we shall read a limited number of texts, this perspective will prove useful for future readings of modern Hebrew culture.

To participate in the course, please contact Paideia at info@paideia-eu.org.