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History as Reflected in Israeli Literature, Day One

An International Conference presented by the UCLA Israel Studies Program and the Center for Jewish Studies.

Sunday, March 11, 2007
2:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Various Locations at UCLA
Refer to Conference Schedule
Los Angeles, CA 90095

About the conference: One of the signal achievements of Israeli culture since its very beginning has been the production of a rich and varied literature. This conference is dedicated to the examination of Israeli literature in its intersection with Israeli history. That is, we are interested in the way in which literature integrates, confronts, or ignores historical events of significance to the formation of Israeli (and Jewish) culture. Accordingly, we have invited to UCLA a distinguished and diverse group of writers, literary scholars, historians to reflect on the intersection of literature and history. At the heart of our deliberations stand a set of overlapping question: Can one write Israeli history today without paying careful attention to Israel's rich literary tradition? And can one write literature in Israel without feeling the heavy weight of history? Ultimately, we seek to explore in this conference the subtle relationships among literary creations, historical memory, and the society they reflect or mold.

Conference Schedule

Sunday, March 11, 2007 • 314 Royce Hall, UCLA

2 – 4 PM

Afternoon Panel

  • Chair: Arnold Band (UCLA)

  • Anita Shapira (Tel Aviv University/Columbia University)
    “Hebrew Literature and the Creation of the Zionist Narrative”
  • Tom Segev (UC Berkeley)
    "Shooting and Crying: Israeli Soldiers Talk about the Six Day War"
  • Nurith Gertz (The Open University)
    “The War of Independence: Different Points of View— History, Documentation, Cinema, and Literature”
  • Respondent: David N. Myers (UCLA)

4:30 – 6 PM

Reception (at Hillel)

6 – 7:30 PM

Dinner (at Hillel)

8 PM

Keynote Address • UCLA Hillel, Westwood

  • Chair: William Cutter (HUC)
  • A.B. Yehoshua (Haifa University)
  • Respondent: Robert Alter (UC Berkeley)

Monday, March 12, 2007 • 314 Royce Hall, UCLA

10 – 12 PM

Morning Panel

  • Chair: Nancy Ezer (UCLA)
  • Yael Zerubavel (Rutgers University)
    “The ‘New Jew’ and the ‘Hebrew Bedouin’: Literary Images and National Metaphors in the Early Yishuv”
  • Yael S. Feldman (NYU)
    “‘Let Him Bind Himself’: Yizhar and the Gender of Pacifism [1890s—1990s]”
  • Avidov Lipsker (Bar Ilan University)
    “Mythic and Historic Patterns in Aharo Appelfeld's Writings”
  • Respondent: Alan Mintz (Jewish Theological Seminary)

12 – 1: 30


2 – 5 PM

Afternoon Panel

  • Chair: Karen Grumberg (University of Texas, Austin)
  • Derek J. Penslar (University of Toronto)
    “Courage Without Herosim: The Diaspora-Jewish Soldier in Classic Zionist Historiography”
  • Avner Holtzman (Tel-Aviv University)
    “The Founding of Israeli Literature: ‘1948 Generation’ Revisited”
  • Yigal Schwartz (Ben Gurion University)
    “Homeland and Ideology in the New Hebrew Literature”
  • Respondent: David Jacobson (Brown)

6 – 7:30 PM

Dinner (at Hillel)

8 PM

Evening Panel (at 314 Royce Hall, UCLA) “Recalling S. Yizhar and Gershon Shaked”

  • Chair: Arnold Band (UCLA)
  • Opening Remarks: Menachem Brinker (Hebrew University)

Tuesday, March 13, 2007 • 306 Royce Hall, UCLA

9 – 11 AM

Morning Panel & Closing Remarks

  • Chair: Baruch Link (University of Judaism)
  • Hannah Naveh (Tel Aviv University)
    The Gender of the Military Body”
  • Gil Hochberg (UCLA)
    "Jews, Arabs, Stereotypes: Sayed Kashau and the Israeli Palestinian Novel"
  • Rachel Albeck-Gidron (Bar Ilan University)
    “The Holocaust as a Transformed Presence in Yoel Hoffmann's Texts"
  • Respondent: Vered Shemtov (Stanford)
  • Closing Remarks: Arnold Band (UCLA) and David Myers (UCLA)

About the UCLA Israel Studies Program: The Israel Studies Program at UCLA was made possible by endowments from the Gilbert and Nazarian Foundations and the steadfast support given by the university to the study of Israel across the disciplines since the mid-1950s. Based at the International Institute and working collaboratively with the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies and the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies—the program will focus on enhancing undergraduate and graduate instruction; hosting visiting and permanent faculty; and programs and conferences.

About the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies: The Center for Jewish Studies at UCLA explores the riches of Jewish history, religion, and culture through rigorous academic research, high-quality teaching, and a wide array of scholarly and public programs. Through its first-rate faculty expertise, the Center cultivates a lush garden of Jewish culture that extends from Iran to Italy, from Jerusalem to Los Angeles. Located in the heart of Los Angeles, the Center embodies the flourishing, multi-faceted Jewish culture and history of the city itself.

Conference is free and open to the public. Pre-Registration is required. To register, call the RSVP line at (310) 267-5327.

Download file: IsraelConf.pdf

Sponsor(s): Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, Center for Jewish Studies

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