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MODERN HEBREW: POETRY, MUSIC AND LITERATURE – ADVANCED LEVEL (ONLINE)
In this course, we will get to know two key cultural creators in Hebrew and Israeli literature, poetry and music. In the first part of the course, we get to know the poet, writer, playwright and literary scholar Leah Goldberg (1911-1970). Her poems, which often touch on loneliness and separation, have been set to music and performed by several Israeli artists, such as Chava Alberstein. We will explore the connection between Goldberg and Swedish author Anna Riwkin and learn about their friendship and work together.
In the second part of the course, we will get to know one of Israel’s most prominent cultural creators, Yehonatan Geffen (1947-2023). Yehonatan was a poet, songwriter, journalist, writer, playwright, satirist and artist. He also translated poetry, songs, fiction and plays into Hebrew. Several of Geffen’s works have gained great popularity and he has left a strong mark on Israeli culture. Together we will study his life, some of his works and discuss his significance.
The course is given in English, in collaboration with Paideia – the European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden.
It is a requirement that you can follow the main features of texts on concrete as well as abstract subjects. Participants should be able to read poems, songs and adult literature fluently but do not need to have a complete vocabulary in Hebrew. Fill in your prior knowledge in the application. There you can also write if you want the teacher to contact you to talk about the level.
The level is B2 in CEFR, Common European Framework Reference Languages.
No prior knowledge about the subject is needed.
To apply for this course, you need basic computer skills and knowledge of how to use the digital platform Zoom. The school offers Zoom manuals and a training opportunity before the start of the course.
All course material is not included in the cost for this course. The cost for additional material that you purchase on your own might be added. More information regarding material will be provided in the admission letter if you are accepted to the course.
About the teacher
Anat Samuelson was born and raised in Jerusalem where she studied at the Academy of Music and pedagogy at David Yelin College. She has been teaching Hebrew to adults, youth and children for over 10 years. Anat has a passion for the Hebrew language and a particular interest in the origins and roots of Hebrew. Anat sings and performs in various ensembles and studies Kabbalah at “Mishkan Hakavana” in Israel.
Photo: Canva/Ivana Koutnikova