Prof. Anat Feinberg

Anat Feinberg, born in Tel Aviv, studied English Literature and Philosophy at Tel Aviv University and completed her PhD studies at the University of London. After teaching at Tel Aviv University and Beer Sheva University she joined the Hochschule für Jüdische Studien in Heidelberg, where she has been teaching Hebrew and Jewish Literature. Prof. Feinberg has served as the editor in charge of Modern Hebrew literature for the new edition of the Encyclopaedia Judaica as well as for the new edition of the German Kindlers Literaturlexikon. She has taught as guest professor for Hebrew Literature at the University of Lucerne, at Penn University in Philadelphia and at the University of Chicago. In 2012 she was honoured with the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. 

Prof. Feinberg has published extensively on Hebrew and Jewish literature as well as on English and German theatre. Among her publications are: Moderne hebräische Literatur. Ein Handbuch; Nachklänge. Jüdische Musiker in Deutschland nach 1945; Embodied Memory. The Theatre of George Tabori; and Wieder im Rampenlicht: Jüdische Rückkehrer in deutschen Theatern nach 1945.

This course invites students to explore major themes in modern Israeli literature and to examine how these themes are linked to the social and cultural dynamics of Israeli history and contemporary life. Some of the themes we will address are: the making of an “old-new” language (or: Hebrew vs. “Israeli”); the fashioning of a new national identity; reading Biblical episodes in a new light; Holocaust and remembrance; encountering ‘the Arab’; gender discourse and images; the Israeli “at home” (with a focus on kibbutz and urban life).