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  • Hebrew Forum- AMELANG131, Winter 13:
    The class meets once or twice a week for conversations with Hebrew
    speaking professors, grad students and authors from Israel on a
    variety of topics in Law, Politics, Literature, Education, History,
    Music and much more.
    Choose between 2-4 units.

for more information about our courses contact Vered Karti Shemtov

This course presupposes no prior knowledge of Hebrew. It focuses on a vocabulary that will enable you to describe yourself and others, in terms of personal interests and academic and free time activities, as well as to order in a restaurant, make an appointment, surf the internet, make travel arrangements, go shopping, and express your opinions on a variety of issues. You will also read short poems by Modern Hebrew poets, talk about art, music and movies, and create an I-movie in which you will explore your own personal and academic interests in Hebrew. In-class work is supplemented by multimedia activities at Stanford's new Language Lab and by

video clips and drills, which are posted on the beginning Hebrew web site.

It's a great course for beginners!

For more information contact the instructo:r Gallia Porat,

  • Intermediate Hebrew (129a, 129b, 129c):

Second year Hebrew is a dynamic combination of grammar, literature, video, and cross-cultural comparisons. It is a content-based course, which integrates culture and language in the development of all four communicative skills. You will learn to talk about your self, look for a job, write your resume, read newspapers, express opinions, and discuss issues relevant to the Jewish world and to the community at large. In-class work is supplemented by multimedia activities in Stanford's new Language Lab and on the Intermediate interactive web site. Small classes enable students to progress in their own pace and explore individual interests.

For more information check the Intermediate Hebrew page or contact

Terms: Win | Units: 4 | UG Reqs: GER:DBHum, GER:ECGlobalCom | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit

How literary works outside the realm of western culture struggle with questions such as identity, minority, and the issue of the other. How the Arab is viewed in Hebrew literature and how the Jew is viewed in Arabic literature. Historical, political, and sociological forces that have contributed to the shaping of the writer's views. Arab and Jewish (Israeli) culture.

  • COMPLIT 281: Visions of the Future in Literature (JEWISHST 241)

Terms: Spr | Units: 4 | UG Reqs: GER:DBHum | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors: Shemtov, V. (PI)
04/01/2013 - 06/05/2013 Tue, Thu 3:15 PM - 5:05 PM with Shemtov, V. (PI)

Emphasis on personal and collective future as perceived and described in works translated from Hebrew or written originally in English. Focus on novels, short stories, poems and movies that deal both with the future of Israel and the Middle East and the future of individuals in the area. Guest speaker on Science Fiction and the Graphic Novel. The course is part of "The Future of Storytelling" activities organized by Taube Center for Jewish Studies.

  • AMELANG 395: Graduate Studies in Middle Eastern Languages (academic Hebrew)

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
Terms: Aut, Win, Spr | Units: 1-5 | Repeatable for credit | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructor: Shemtov, V





Not offered this year:

Advanced Hebrew (130b, 130c):

The course vary in content and focus according to the students language skills and interests, but all work toward increasing students' confidence in using the language in different social, and toward helping students function with increasing ease in academic and professional settings in Hebrew. It is a content-based course which focuses on Israeli and Jewish culture. Students listen to the Radio, watch video clips and movies, read articles and short stories, write short essays and discuss their individual projects in class. The course is tailored to accommodate students in different advanced levels, including native speakers who need help with writing and reading.

For more information check the deatailed syllabus

AME 127/227: Land and Literature (Hebrew literature in English translation)

Israel had captured the imagination of writers throughout the generations. It has been portrayed as a promised land, a holy land, a homeland, an empty land, an occupied land, and as a land of dreams. In this course we will investigate how ideological views and political events have shaped writers' conception of the place. We will read a selection of poems and prose by Hebrew/Israeli authors (in translation) and study relevant theoretical texts about place and literature.

For more information check the Land and Literature page (coming soon)


COMPLIT 140: Introduction to Hebrew Literature: Poetry

The influence of biblical poetry, piyut, and medieval Hebrew poetry on the development of Modern Hebrew poetry. With focus on voice, space, lyrical Subjectivity, Intertextuality, and Poetic Forms. Guest Speakers include Tamar Zwei, Susan Einbinder, Berry Saharoff, and Raymond Scheindlin. Discussion in English

COMPLIT 245D: Modern Hebrew Literature: Prose

The class will discuss major works of Hebrew prose from the nineteenth through the twenty first century, introduce major trends in the study of Modern Hebrew prose and will ask what new paradigms may be developed for the study of Hebrew narrative prose in the future. Readings will include Avraham Mapu, Mendele Mokher Sfarim, Y.H.Brenner, S.J. Agnon, S. Yizhar, Amos Os, Aharon Appelfeld, Amilia Kahana Carmon, A.B. Yehoshua, Yehudit Katzir, and Zeruya Shalev amon others. Readings in Hebrew. Discussion in English.


AMELANG 171. The Bible in Modern Hebrew Literature

The role of biblical myths in shaping Israeli identity and the development of a secular Hebrew literature. Readings include modern Hebrew poems and novels which offer new meanings to the stories of Genesis, Exodus, David, and the Song of Songs and make them relevant to the context of modern and postmodern Israeli culture. Readings in Hebrew and English. Prerequisite: intermediate Hebrew. 3-4 units, Spr (Shemtov, V)

AMELANG 173. Politics and Poetics in Israeli Literature: Politics and Poetics in Israeli Literature: Amos Oz and other Contemporary Hebrew Writers

Offered in conjunction with Amos Oz’s visit as Stanford’s Writer in Residence. Literature and political essays by Oz and contemporary Hebrew authors who address the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Approaches that deal with the intersection of theory and practice and politics and poetics in Israeli literature. No knowledge of Hebrew required. GER EC-GlobalCom 4-5 units, Win (Shemtov)

AME 132/232: Reading Hebrew Literature: An Introduction

The fundamental skills and concepts needed to read literature in Hebrew, strengthening language skills with an introduction to the major periods and the major questions in secular Hebrew literature from the Middle Ages to the 21st Century. For intermediate and advanced students.

AMELANG 50: Hebrew for Grad Students (translation workshop)

From Agnon to Yehoshua and Oz (AME 172/272): Critical study of selected stories and novels by S. Y. Agnon, A.B Yehoshua and Amos Oz. Readings will be in Hebrew and English and the discussions will be in Hebrew. Emphasis on giving students the skills necessary for for further independent reading (Shemtov) 1-4 units.